Jimmy Kimmel’s Son Billy Has Third Open Heart Surgery: ‘You Are The Toughest 7-Year-Old We Know’

Jimmy Kimmel is sharing a medical update on his seven-year-old son, Billy. The comedian revealed in an Instagram post on May 27 that Billy had his third open heart surgery over the weekend. “We went into this experience with a lot of optimism and nearly as much fear and came out with a new valve inside a happy, healthy kid,” Jimmy wrote in part before giving his son’s medical team a shout out. “Walking around this hospital, meeting parents at their most vulnerable, children in pain and the miracle workers who do everything in their considerable power to save them is a humbling experience,” the 56-year-old continued, adding, “We hope you never need CHLA, but if you do – know that they help families regardless of their ability to pay, thanks largely to the Affordable Care Act (another salute to the late Senator John McCain), generous donations from companies like Disney, which I am proud to work for and especially from generous people like you.” The late-night host also thanked the President & CEO of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, as well as his family, friends, wife, and even strangers. He then addressed his son calling him, “the toughest (and funniest) 7 year-old we know,” before ending the post encouraging people to support families going through similar situations. “There are so many parents and children who aren’t fortunate enough to go home after five days. Please share your love, hearts and prayers with them and if it moves you, support @ChildrensLA (link in bio) or a great children’s hospital near you (@CMNHospitals). Nothing matters more than taking care of each other. With love and gratitude, Jimmy.”