“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.”

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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