Jimmy Kimmel Shares Photo of Son Billy Almost 2 Years After Heart Surgery 

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Jimmy Kimmel, Billy Kimmel, Jane Kimmel and Molly McNearney attend Hammer Museum K.A.M.P. (Kids' Art Museum Project) 2018 at Hammer Museum on May 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Hammer Museum

Major milestone! Jimmy Kimmel and his wife, Molly McNearney, celebrated their second son’s birthday almost two years after Billy’s heart surgery.

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“Happy 2nd birthday to our little #Easter buddy Billy,” the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host, 51, wrote on Instagram on Sunday, April 21. “We are grateful always to the nurses and doctors at @CedarsSinai & @ChildrensLA who saved his life and all of you who prayed & sent positive thoughts our way.”

In the photo, the little one smiled at the camera in a striped sweater with a carrot in his hand.

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The ABC personality shared a similar post for Billy’s first birthday, writing on Instagram, “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. We cannot stay quiet. Please wish Billy happy birthday by REGISTERING TO VOTE!”

The Everything Is Mama author’s baby boy underwent multiple surgeries shortly after his birth for congenital heart defects.

“On Monday morning, Dr. Vaughn Starnes opened his chest and fixed one of the two defects in his heart,” Kimmel revealed in May 2017. “He went in there with a scalpel and did some kind of magic that I couldn’t even begin to explain. He opened the valve, and the operation was a success. It was the longest three hours of my life.”

In September 2018, the Emmy winner gave Us Weekly an exclusive update on his son’s health. “He’s doing great,” Kimmel told Us at the time.

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When it comes to explaining away Billy’s scar, he already has a plan in place. “You’d have no idea [anything was wrong] besides his awesome scar on his body,” Kimmel told Us in October 2018. “We’re going to tell him he was attacked by a monster.”

The New York native and his wife, 41, tied the knot in July 2013 and also share a 4-year-old daughter, Jane. Kimmel has two other children with his ex-wife, Gina Kimmel — Katie, 28, and Kevin, 25.

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