Jimmy Kimmel and his wife Molly McNearney had finally felt relief after their now 11-month-old son William “Billy” John two successful heart surgeries.
During a tearful address in May, the 50-year-old Jimmy Kimmel Live! host announced that his youngest child
During a tearful address in May when Kimmel, 50, announced that his youngest child underwent an open heart surgery at 3 days old revealing that Billy was born with congenital heart condition tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia.
Reflecting on Billy’s health condition, Jimmy recently told Oprah Winfrey that he and his wife had brief feelings of detachment.
In an interview for O, The Oprah Magazine‘s April issue, Jimmy said,
There were secrets we kept from each other that we revealed only after the second surgery. The biggest one was that, I think subconsciously, we didn’t want to get too close to the baby because we didn’t know what was going to happen,
The proud father of four further recalled,
I don’t know if that’s right or wrong or common or uncommon. But when I told her I was feeling that way, she said, ‘Oh I’m so happy you said that because I was feeling that way too, and I didn’t want to express it,
In his tearful May monologue, Jimmy explained that when his son was born his “pulmonary valve was completely blocked and he has a hole in the wall between the left and right sides of his heart.”
Billy was 7-month-old in December when he had a second surgery at the Children’s Hospital L.A.
About the current status of his son's condition, Jimmy said,
He’s great. He’ll have another surgery when he’s around 6 or 7 years old, but in the meantime, he’s doing great.
Jimmy Kimmel and His Wife Molly McNearney 'Didn't Want to Get Too Close' to Son Billy at First
Jimmy and Molly, who have been married since 2013, also have a 3-year-old daughter, Jane together. The 2018 Oscars Awards host also shares two older children, son Kevin and daughter Katie from his first marriage with Gina Kimmel, whom he married in 1998 and divorced in 2002.