Jimmy Kimmel provides health update on son Billy after 3rd open heart surgery

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel provided a health update about his 7-year-old son Billy after Billy’s third open heart surgery.

LOS ANGELES – JUN 7: Jimmy Kimmel, Molly McNearney at the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award to George Clooney at the Dolby Theater on June 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA

Kimmel took to Instagram on Sunday to share a long message detailing his son’s operation and thanked the medical team for their work.

“This weekend, our boy Billy had his third (of three, we hope) open heart surgery. 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,” wrote Kimmel.

Kimmel has been candid about Billy’s “terrifying” medical issues since his spring 2017 birth. He underwent his first open-heart surgery — also at CHLA — when he was just three days old.

Kimmel has since pointed to his family’s experience to praise and advocate for the Affordable Care Act.

While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter later that year, he also noted that Billy would have to undergo two more open heart surgeries.

“We would like to get them over with and not have to think about it all the time, but it could definitely be worse,” Kimmel told the outlet in August 2017.

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