Jimmy Kimmel‘s infant son was born with a congenital heart defect, but the talk show host reports that Billy is “doing great” following his surgery.


Billy was born four months ago and had to undergo emergency surgery. The host gave a teary-eyed monologue about the experience at the time, and used it as a platform to talk about health care in the US. Now, Kimmel is happy to say that his son is doing well. “Young Billy made his first visit to our office today. He’s juggling. He’s translating Flaubert from French into English. He’s really an amazing kid,” Kimmel joked in an interview. “No — he smiles. That’s pretty much it. He is very interested in ceiling fans. He likes those a lot. I could get him to pay the same amount for Netflix just to watch ceiling fans.”

Kimmel’s son will still have to undergo two more heart surgeries in his young life, “but it could definitely be worse,” says a confident Kimmel. “I had a lot of time to think at the hospital, and it just so happened that our government was deciding whether or not millions of people should have health care at that time,” he said at the time. “I don’t see what the difference between health care and education is. Every kid should have a right to education.”

Kimmel posted a photo of Billy about a month ago to his Instagram account, which was captioned, “Billy is three months old today and doing great. Thanks for all your love & support and please remind your Congresspeople that every kid deserves the care Billy got.”


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