Jimmy Kimmel’s son, Billy, “recovering well” after the second cardiac surgery


Neil Patrick Harris replaced Jimmy Kimmel last night on his show and had good news to share with fans.

Billy, Kimmel's younger son, is "recovering well" after his second heart surgery earlier this week, Harris said.

"I am delighted that the operation of his son Billy's heart has been successful, he is recovering very well, Jimmy told me today that the respirator is not there," he said. "He's eating, he's smiling."

Harris continued: "So, that's all good news, we're sending a lot of love to the Kimmels, Billy is a brave kid … I'm so glad he's doing it right."

  PHOTO: Guest of Neil Patrick Harris, Jimmy Kimmel Live on December 7, 2017. ABC
Guest of Neil Patrick Harris presents "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on December 7, 2017.

The new update comes a few days after the representative of the Kimmel show told ABC News that Billy had undergone "programmed and successful" heart surgery.

The representative added that the 50-year-old night presenter would take some time off to be with his family. Guest hosts like Harris will replace Kimmel.

Fans, friends and family have been supporting Kimmel since May, when he opened his program with the emotional story about Billy's heart defect and life-saving emergency surgery.

Since then, Kimmel has been very outspoken in favor of making sure that Americans, especially those with pre-existing conditions, have access to medical care. He even got into the national debate about medical care.

  PHOTO: Jimmy Kimmel shared this photo of his son Billy on Instagram on October 21, 2017. Jimmy Kimmel / Instagram
Jimmy Kimmel shared this photo of his son Billy on Instagram on October 21, 2017 .

Kimmel's wife, Molly McNearney, told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week that people ask about Billy all the time.

"We have not been to a coffee shop, we've filled up the gas tank, we've done something without anyone asking us how Billy is and, thank God, we can say something positive," he said.

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