It's only been three months since Jimmy Kimmel shared the news about his newborn son's rare heart condition, but Kimmel and baby Billy are in a whole other place.
After his son was born with a congenital heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot, Kimmel returned to work with an emotional story that quickly went viral. Kimmel teared up during the longer-than-normal monologue describing how Billy's skin turned purple just hours after birth. Aside from expressing his own relief and joy that a neonatal nurse noticed that something was wrong, he took the time to speak with sincere gratitude on behalf of the nurses and doctors at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
The story related not only to parents who've dealt with newborn care issues, but to Americans everywhere who are fighting against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Kimmel acknowledged that he is fortunate enough for immediate access to top quality care. Others, he reminded viewers, rely not only on the discerning eye of a talented nurse but on the system that helps them pay for care.
Today, Kimmel gave an update about his son. "Billy is three months old today and doing great," he wrote on Instagram. "Thanks for all your love & support and please remind your Congresspeople that every kid deserves the care Billy got."
With the future of American healthcare ever up in the air, we'll take calls to action anywhere we can get them. Kudos to Kimmel on his son's health, and also on taking the time to remind others to fight for those less fortunate.