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Jimmy Kimmel’s Emotional Monologue About His Son’s Heart Surgery Also Slams Donald Trump’s Health Care Agenda

"No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child's life," the late night host said while holding back tears on Monday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live. "It just shouldn't happen. Not here."

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Jimmy Kimmel opened his late-night show on Monday with an emotional speech revealing that his son — born just 10 days ago — had a heart defect. He then slammed Donald Trump for attempting to cut funding to the National Institutes of Health.

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During the nearly 15-minute monologue, Kimmel couldn’t contain his tears at moments as he described the heartrending discovery just three hours after his son Billy was born that the child would need open-heart surgery.

A nurse at Cedars Sinai Medical Center noticed that Billy was turning purple. After tests showed that he was born with a heart disease, he was rushed to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

"The operation was a success," Kimmel said, describing it as the longest three hours of his life.

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Kimmel said his son would likely need two more surgeries over the course of his life for the condition, but that he would be OK. The presenter cried as he read a list of nurses, doctors, and others who had helped save his son.

Kimmel ended the segment by pointing out that Trump just last month proposed a $6 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health, although Congress had rejected his proposal.

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He pleaded with politicians on both sides to make sure that all Americans have access to health care, especially those with pre-existing conditions — including his son, who was born with a heart defect.

“If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it should not matter how much money you make,” Kimmel said, while holding back more tears. “I saw a lot of families there. And no parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”

On Tuesday, former President Barack Obama broke his relative silence on Twitter to applaud Kimmel for defending the Affordable Care Act.

Well said, Jimmy. That's exactly why we fought so hard for the ACA, and why we need to protect it for kids like Bil… https://t.co/jB3LXT94Ok

During his monologue, Kimmel also asked people to donate to Children's Hospital.

on behalf of my family, thank you for the lovely and loving tweets about our son Billy and for your donations to https://t.co/HOIUvNt8WE XO

Kimmel thanked fans for their support via a tweet on Tuesday.

sincere thanks for the outpouring of love & support - Dr. Jane is keeping a close ear on Billy, who is very well -… https://t.co/DT1WHzZ64u

Kimmel's wife, Molly McNearney, also shared a photo of the comedian bonding with their young son. "I am thankful to love and be loved by these two brave guys," she wrote. "Both criers."

I am thankful to love and be loved by these two brave guys. Both criers.

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