Jimmy Kimmel offers health update on son 5 years after multiple heart surgeries

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Jimmy Kimmel has nothing but praise for the medical staff that worked on his son and saved his life.

Five years ago Kimmel and wife Molly McNearny’s son Billy underwent lifesaving heart surgeries and Kimmel gave E! News an update on how the child’s doing these days.

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“He’s doing great. He’s a very funny kid,” the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host said. “He loves Spiderman, jumping on my head and doing all the things we tell him not to do.”

Kimmel’s son was diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot, a rare congenital heart defect, after he was born. Speaking on the doctors and nurses who cared for him Kimmel only had the utmost of kind words.

“They fixed his heart,” he said. “The heart is a super important part of the body… They fixed them up real good, so we’re very grateful.”

Speaking on the road ahead for Billy’s health his father continued, “He still needs one open-heart surgery, but he’s doing great. I tried to explain the heart surgery to him because has a bit of a scar down the center of his chest, and he has almost no interest.”

Kimmel and McNearny are also parents to daughter Jane, 8. Kimmel is dad to Katherine, 21, and Kevin, 19, from a past relationship.

Back in April Kimmel celebrated Billy’s fifth birthday with a heartwarming Instagram post writing, “Happy 5th birthday to our little nut” under a photo of the child about to blow some candles out.

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