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“I am thrilled. His son Billy’s heart operation was a success. He’s recovering very well,” the actor announced during his monologue on Wednesday night. “Jimmy told me today that the respirator is out.”
Harris also announced that Billy is eating and smiling after his successful Dec. 4 operation, which is all “good news.”
“We’re sending lots of love to all the Kimmels,” Harris added. “Billy is a brave little boy and it’s heart-wrenching — literally. And I’m so glad he’s doing well.”
After Kimmel emotionally announced his son’s medical scare during his opening monologue, McNeary recalled feeling proud of the “strength” the late-night host conveyed.
“So there I am, in my living room breastfeeding Billy with my mom beside me, and we’re watching. I sobbed through the entire thing,” McNeary said. “I couldn’t believe the strength that it took to tell that story a week after it happened. He didn’t have to do that. Our family has excellent health care; he had nothing to gain from that. He did it for the other people whom we met in that hospital. He came home that night, and I just hugged him and I wouldn’t let go.”
Despite having to endure heart surgery three days after his birth, McNeary found purpose and hope in Billy’s medical battles.
“If we were to do this all over again and someone said, ‘You would have an opportunity to have a perfectly healthy baby boy,’ I would take the one we got because I think it helped a lot of families. We didn’t anticipate we would be in this position, but we were, and we made the most of it.”
As Kimmel stays home to be with Billy, guest hosts are filling in for him: Chris Pratt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Melissa McCarthy and Harris. Last month, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Shaquille O’Neal and Dave Grohl subbed for Kimmel.
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