“Our son Billy is doing very well. He’s eating. He’s getting bigger. He’s sleeping well. He can read now, which they say is unusual,” the proud papa, 49, joked. “My wife took a little video of him today. You can see—he’s smiling because so many people donated to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Either that or he has gas. We don’t know.”
He added: “But what a humbling outpouring of support. So many people made donations to CHLA, and my wife and I are very grateful.”
Last Monday, the funnyman announced that his wife Molly McNearney delivered their baby boy named William John Kimmel on April 21.
During his announcement, Kimmel said that nurses and doctors discovered their newborn had a heart disease that required open heart surgery. He went on to thank the entire staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for saving their son’s life.
“My wife was in bed relaxing, a very attentive nurse at Cedars-Sinai heard a murmur in his heart and noticed he was a bit purple, which is not common,” Kimmel explained. “[Nurses] determined he wasn’t getting enough oxygen in his blood, either in his heart or lungs … It’s a terrifying thing, you know my wife is back in the recovery room, she has no idea what’s going on.”
Their son was born with a congenital heart disease and there was a “hole in the wall of the left and right side of his heart.”
“He’ll have to have another surgery in 3-6 months,” Kimmel said, adding that Billy will need a third “non-evasive surgery when he’s older.”