Last night, Jimmy Kimmel opened his show with a nearly 15-minute monologue about his family’s weekend ordeal following the birth of Kimmel’s son, Billy (that’s him, above), on April 21.
A few hours after his birth, a pediatric nurse noticed that Billy’s coloring was off, and after some tests it was found that he was born with a congenital heart defect. Billy was moved from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where doctors operated on him. His defect has been repaired, to an extent, and he will undergo at least two additional procedures.
Kimmel’s monologue, which was heartfelt, serious, and funny, touches at the core of what we all feel as dads. While most of the time, being a dad is showing up for and with our kids, there are times when we have to step back and let the experts do what they do. The Kimmel family learned that over the weekend.
Kimmel also discussed the fact that funding was just increased by $2 billion to the National Institute of Health despite President Trump’s wish to see its funding decreased. Kimmel praised congress for the increase and talked about the fact that children’s lives should be saved whether or not families can afford to pay for it. I think all of us can agree on that.