You may remember late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel’s heartfelt monologue about his son, Billy, who was born with a congenital heart defect.
In a speech that really no one saw coming, the typically composed host broke down into sobs as he related the terrifying moments when a watchful nurse first noticed that his son was displaying signs of a heart murmur. In what felt like a blur, Kimmel and his wife stood by helplessly as his son was rushed to emergency surgery to repair a previous undetected heart defect, only three days after the baby’s birth.
The whole experience opened Kimmel’s eyes to the world of parents and children with special medical needs and the TV star used his platform as a celebrity and host to spread awareness about the need for all children in need to have access to the healthcare they need that could literally save their lives.
Kimmel has become an advocate for universal healthcare so that “no parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life.”