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How Jimmy Kimmel Made Me Cry

I don’t know if you guys already saw this online, but it was something I had to share and blog about because not only does it hit close to home, having a child born with problems, but the outpouring of human emotion as Jimmy Kimmel shares on the birth of his son born with heart disease is something you just have to watch. 

Right away an emotional Kimmel speaks about the birth of his son, sweetly nicknamed Billy who after three hours of birth was discovered had a heart murmur. Now, this is not uncommon in newborns. However, in Billy’s case, they found out he had trouble with his heart and he underwent surgery at just a day old. 

Kimmel describes how upsetting it was to find out this news. It’s obvious from his monologue as he tries cracking jokes in-between his emotions, this father was scared and frightened for his family. His son was taken to Children’s Hospital, and Kimmel goes on to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff, heads of cardiac care and of the children’s team who helped care for his little boy.

During the monologue, Kimmel shows family photos and he cracks a few jokes. Of course, it wouldn’t be a story without some saying this is propaganda set out by Hollywood to discuss health care issues, which royally pisses me off. Kimmel’s son was born with a heart defect and has a long fight ahead of him.

Every parent doesn’t need a child born sick to empathize with what the talk show host was feeling, you just have to be a parent who loves your kids that’s all, to understand how Kimmel feels about things, and that this is a Hollywood star who took his fame to reach out to the powers that be because he found himself in the muck of devastation. 

“If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it should not matter how much money you make. I think that’s something, whether you’re Republican or a Democrat … we all agree on that, right?” he said. “We need to make sure people who are supposed to represent us, people who are meeting about this right now in Washington, understand that very clearly.” He added, “I saw a lot of families there. And no parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”

I applaud Kimmel for speaking with his emotions on this issue regarding what his family is going through. For reaching out also asking for prayers for the thousands of other families facing similiar circumstances, because he’s right. No parent should ever have to go through this. 

We are huge supporters of our local Children’s Hospital and Variety Club for everything they have done for our son over the past eleven years with his cerebral palsy and sensory disorder and other illnesses he’s had to strive through. Without them, their love and attentive supportive I don’t know where we would be. 

President Obama credits Jimmy for fighting for healthcare for kids in the United States, and Hilary Clinton also praises Kimmel for reminding everyone what is at stake where health care is concerned. But it was Jimmy’s wife Molly who tweeted the best shot saying how blessed she felt being loved by two brave guys (both criers) that melted my heart.

I wish to send love and prayers to the Kimmel family. I hope their son thrives and has continued success with each new surgery he faces. It doesn’t matter Kimmel is a star or someone famous. He’s a father. His wife a mother. Their little girl a sister with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other family who all love and care for Billy. Why shouldn’t we pray for them?

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