Jimmy Kimmel on Saturday celebrated his son's first birthday, a first year fraught with both tears and joy as Billy underwent multiple heart surgeries to correct a heart defect he was born with. In a sweet Instagram post, he hinted at those health struggles and continued to implore others to take action to ensure health care access to all.
"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," Kimmel wrote on Instagram. "We cannot stay quiet. Please wish Billy happy birthday by REGISTERING TO VOTE! vote.gov."
On Sunday, Justin Theroux offered his birthday wishes as well, sharing sweet pictures of the birthday boy on Instagram.
"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," Theroux wrote. "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."
Jimmy Kimmel Tears Up Holding His Son, Billy, During His Return to Late Night
Kimmel's experiences with his son's health problems prompted him to become vocal about expanding and improving healthcare. In particular, he has been critical of ongoing efforts to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act.
For more on Kimmel and his son's health issues, watch the video below.