Jimmy Kimmel wishes son happy birthday on Instagram, thanks hospitals that saved him

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday took to Instagram to wish his son Billy a happy birthday and thanked the Los Angeles hospitals that “saved his life.” The picture shows his son smiling while holding a carrot.

Back in May 2017, the host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” opened up to his audience that his weeks-old son was going to have heart surgery shortly after he was born on April 21, 2017, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The 13-minute monologue was Kimmel’s most memorable and showed an emotional side that few had seen. Kimmel spoke about a quick-thinking nurse that noticed that his son appeared purple and detected a heart murmur.

Billy was taken by ambulance to Children’s Hospital and underwent open-heart surgery. He will undergo another procedure in his teens to replace the valve, according to the 2017 monologue.

“We are grateful always to the nurses and doctors at @CedarsSinai & @ChildrensLA who saved his life and all of you who prayed & sent positive thoughts our way. #HappyEaster.”

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Kimmel used his son’s top-notch treatment to make the case for access to health care for all children.