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Jimmy Kimmel Posts Tribute to Doctors Who Saved Son's Life on His Second Birthday

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In 2017, late night show host Jimmy Kimmel and his wife Molly McNearney welcomed their second child into the family.

William “Billy” John was just days old when he underwent heart surgery for a congenital heart defect known as “Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia,” PEOPLE reported.

The dad of 2 opened up on Jimmy Kimmel Live! about those anxiety-filled first days in the hospital following Billy’s birth.



“It was the longest 3 hours of my life,” Kimmel shared with viewers, recalling the waiting period during that first surgery. Billy also had another heart surgery at 7 months of age.

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The doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Hospital took great care of the newborn, and Kimmel expressed his gratitude to as many as possible by name.

“It was an enormous team effort, it really was…” Kimmel said. Now that enormous effort is being praised again in celebration of Billy’s birthday.

In an Instagram post on Easter Sunday, Kimmel wished a happy 2nd birthday to his “little #Easter buddy Billy.”

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

Kimmel’s wife Molly McNearney also took to social media to recognize her son and express her continued gratitude for all who played a part in saving his life.

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“Happy 2nd Birthday Billy,”  McNearney tweeted. “Thanks to all the nurses and doctors at @ChildrensLA who saved his life. Sending love and prayers to all the families in the hospital today and always.”

What beautiful tributes these are! It’s never a small thing when a doctor or nurse makes a difference in a child’s life.

Kimmel and his wife clearly feel the same and are making sure they don’t take all the care their son has received for granted. Happy birthday, Billy! Here’s to another great year of good health and wide smiles!

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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