Jimmy Kimmel has shared a moving, new photo of his recovering baby boy, Billy, and thanked fans for the “outpouring” of support following Monday’s revelation that the newborn had undergone heart surgery.
The 49-year-old late-night host
revealed in the opening monologue of his show that after his wife, Molly McNearney, gave birth to their son on April 21, doctors diagnosed a heart defect and performed open heart surgery.
With the little one now on the road to recovery, Kimmel took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a photo of McNearney and their 2-year-old daughter, Jane, cuddling up to the little bundle of joy.
In the adorable snap, Jane places a stethoscope on Billy’s heart, while Molly cradles him.
“Sincere thanks for the outpouring of love & support,” Kimmel captioned the pic. “Dr. Jane is keeping a close ear on Billy, who is very well – XO.”
Earlier in the day, McNearney also shared a heartwarming photo, showing Kimmel
smiling as he proudly watched his son lying in his crib.
News of Billy’s health battle caught the attention of former U.S. president Barack Obama
, who tweeted Kimmel, congratulating him on Billy’s arrival and remarking, “That's exactly why we fought so hard for the ACA, and why we need to protect it for kids like Billy.”
McNearney humorously retweeted the post, adding the comment, “Someone is angling to be Billy’s godfather.”
See more on baby Billy’s surgery below.