Jimmy Kimmel Celebrates 1-Year-Old Son's Birthday

Following his two open-heart surgeries, the 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' host's son survives his first birthday that is filled with his parents' gratitude.

AceShowbiz - Last Saturday, April 21, Jimmy Kimmel's son William John Kimmel turned 1. The "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" host celebrated his son's milestone through a Twitter photo featuring the birthday boy.

The photo featured Billy wearing a blue-red-and-white checkered shirt. He also wore a birthday hat and a red bowtie. Despite having undergone two open-heart surgeries, he smiled while having some ice cream during a festive bash.

Jimmy thanked all parties who performed life-saving hearty surgery on his son by captioning the photo with, "A yr ago today, God gave us this tough little boy. Today, we thank the nurses & doctors at @CedarsSinai & @ChildrensLA who saved his life & those who shared thoughts & prayers. We cannot stay quiet. Please wish Billy happy birthday by REGISTERING TO VOTE! vote.gov."

Moreover, Jimmy's wife Molly McNearney celebrated Billy's birthday by sharing an inspiring message on her Twitter account. She wrote, "One year ago I pushed this little fighter into the world. He's taught me true strength and joy. We promise to keep fighting for kids like you, sweet Billy. Thank you God for this light." The post was accompanied with a photo of Molly kissing Billy on the forehead.

Justin Theroux also congratulated Jimmy's son by posting an Instagram a photo of him holding Billy. He captioned it, "Happy ONE year birthday Billy! A boy who in 365 days has done more for American national health care than we could all wish to do in our lifetimes. He doesn't even know yet how courageous he is. An honor to know him and his incredible and equally courageous parents. Thank you @CedarsSinai&@ChildrensLA #registertovote."

Billy was born with a congenital heart condition. This forced him to undergo two heart surgeries in his first year, the first one was after three days he was born and the second one was in December last year.

His son's condition placed Jimmy at the center of the national healthcare debate. He said in September, "Before you post the nasty Facebook message saying I'm politicizing my son's health problems, I want you to know, I am politicizing my son's health problems because I have to."

The 50-year-old host does not stop discussing health care in America. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy said, "I know my job is, for the most part, to entertain people and make them laugh. That said, if I can be selfish every once in a while and talk about something serious that's important to me, then I do want to take that opportunity. But I don't want to abuse my position. I pick my battles. Ninety percent of the time, I'll joke around, but some of the jokes, I hope, make people think."

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