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Tearful Jimmy Kimmel Talks About His Newborn’s Open Heart Surgery

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Jimmy Kimmel tearfully spoke about his newborn son last night–opening up about the struggles he and his wife Molly McNearney have faced since their son’s birth on April 21. Billy (whose full name is William John Kimmel), Kimmel’s son, had a successful open-heart surgery–and is now doing well, thankfully.

While Kimmel’s son is okay, however, Kimmel spoke about how others aren’t as lucky, especially because of Trump’s proposed budget cuts to programs like the National Institutes of Health. While the delivery of Kimmel’s son went well, he was soon diagnosed with a heart problem, which Kimmell called a “terrifying thing.” He said the surgery was “the longest three hours of my life.” Despite this, Billy will need two more surgeries in the future.

Kimmel, of course, kept his sense of humor and used it as a way to deal with the harshness of the situation, stating:

“We had atheists praying for us. Even that son of a b—- Matt Damon sent flowers.”

He then talked candidly about why Obamacare has helped so many, especially people who are not wealthy like he is. And of course, children shouldn’t suffer because of healthcare changes and budget cuts:

“President Trump last month proposed a $6 billion cut in funding to the National Institutes of Health and thank God our Congressmen made a deal last night to not go along with that. They actually increased funding by $2 billion and I applaud them. More than 40% of the people who would have been affected by those cuts to NIH are children and it would have had a major impact on a lot of great places, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make. I think that is something, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that. Whatever you believe, whoever you support, we need to make sure the people who are supposed to represent us understand this very clearly. Let’s stop with the nonsense. This isn’t football. There are no teams. We are the team. Don’t let partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants. We need to take care of each other.”

What he said is so true–and doesn’t have to do with politics, or what side of the political spectrum you’re on–it has to do with saving lives, especially the lives of children. Health care shouldn’t be a privilege for the rich, it should be a human right that everyone has access to, especially in their worst hour.

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