It’s been a trying year, as Billy Kimmel has had to endure multiple procedures to correct a heart problem.
So it’s no surprise that his father Jimmy was overjoyed to celebrate his son’s first birthday on Saturday.
The 50-year-old talk show host took to Instagram to mark the occasion.
Proud dad! Jimmy Kimmel was overjoyed to celebrate his son Billy’s first birthday on Saturday
In the snap he shared, William ‘Billy’ Kimmel sits in a high chair surrounded by balloons.
He’s dressed in an adorable checked shirt, which is paired with a red bow tie.
Of course he wears a classic conical party hat, while he seems to be enjoying a tasty treat.
‘A yr ago today, God gave us this tough little boy,’ gushed the host in his caption.
To the internet! The 50-year-old talk show host took to Instagram to mark the occasion
Dynamic duo! Of course Billy’s saga has been a very public one thanks to his father, who has been giving updates on his progress since he was born
‘Today, we thank the nurses & doctors at @CedarsSinai & @ChildrensLA who saved his life & those who shared thoughts & prayers. We cannot stay quiet. Please wish Billy happy birthday by REGISTERING TO VOTE! vote.gov’
Of course Billy’s saga has been a very public one thanks to his father, who has been giving updates on his progress since he was born.
Back in May, an emotional Kimmel tearfully revealed his baby son had to have lifesaving open-heart surgery three days after he was born.
The late night TV host opened his show with the news that his wife Molly McNearney, 39, had given birth to their second child, William ‘Billy’ Kimmel, on April 21 in Los Angeles.
Scary: Back in May, an emotional Kimmel tearfully revealed his baby son had to have lifesaving open-heart surgery soon after he was born 10 days ago
But Kimmel then quickly broke down as he detailed the terrifying health troubles Billy had endured and that he had successfully undergone risky heart surgery after he was born.
‘It is a scary story… but it has a happy ending,’ he said as he began a teary 15-minute opening monologue.
‘My wife was in bed relaxing, a very attentive nurse at Cedars-Sinai heard a murmur in his heart and noticed he was a bit purple, which is not common.
Worrying: Kimmel shared this photo of his son William ‘Billy’ Kimmel shortly after he was born and rushed into emergency surgery for a hole in his heart
‘(The doctors) determined he wasn’t getting enough oxygen in his blood, either in his heart or lungs. They did an x-ray and his lungs were fine, which meant his heart wasn’t. It’s a terrifying thing.’
‘They found that Billy was born with a heart disease.’
Kimmel said the congenital heart disease meant his son had a ‘hole in the wall of the left and right side of his heart’.
Bright future: Kimmel said the surgery was a success but Billy will have to have another surgery in 3-6 months and a third non-evasive surgery when he’s older
Billy was rushed to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for emergency heart surgery.
Kimmel said the surgery was a success but Billy will have to have another surgery in three to six months and a third non-evasive surgery when he’s older.
Billy is Kimmel’s fourth child. He has two older children from his first marriage to Gina Maddy, 25-year-old Katherine and 23-year-old Kevin. He also has a two-year-old daughter, Jane, with his current wife.
All together! Kimmel said Billy had successfully undergone the risky heart surgery and was able to go home with Molly and their two-year-old daughter Jane
Cute couple: Kimmel and his wife Molly announced in December 2016 they were expecting their second child. They are pictured together in February at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party