Heart surgery for late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s infant son has been postponed after the entire family came down with the common cold this week.
Young Billy Kimmel was the subject of an emotional plea for Congress to keep Obamacare made by his father on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” earlier this year. Billy was born with a heart defect in April and has already undergone one successful surgery.
“As a precautionary measure, the scheduled second heart surgery for Jimmy Kimmel’s son Billy had to be postponed this week due to the common cold,” ABC said in a news release.
In a statement from the network, Kimmel thanked a bevy of guest hosts — including former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal, “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and actor Channing Tatum — for “filling his very small shoes” on his show this week while he and his family “sneeze on each other.”
In May, the late-night host choked up as he revealed during his “Jimmy Kimmel Live” monologue that his newborn son was born with a heart defect, before launching into a defense of ObamaCare.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) famously said later that any Republican health care reform plans would have to pass “the Jimmy Kimmel test.”
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