Jimmy Kimmel Tearfully Shares His Newborn Son’s Health Crisis

Jimmy Kimmel Tearfully Shares His Newborn Son's Health Crisis

I think many of us can identify with what Jimmy Kimmel and his wife experienced when their new baby boy was born with a congenital heart condition – Tetralogy Of The Fallot with pulmonary atresia.   It seems that we all know someone who has had tremendous and challenging health issues with their children or, perhaps, you experienced this health crisis with your child. With me, it was the latter and it didn’t end well. My little boy – David Joseph – died at the age of 3 with a rare disease called Alper’s Syndrome. 

However, for Jimmy Kimmel and his family, the wonders of technology coupled with the brilliance of his medical team made for a happier ending. It was no less stressful and terrifying but, in the end, this little boy has a chance for a healthier and brighter future. 

One can NOT be moved to tears and sadness when Jimmy was relating his experience after the birth of his son. In a 12 minute monologue at the top of Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live show,  Jimmy shared his very personal story with his viewers.  Holding back tears, he brought us along his journey while making us all realize that one can never take life for granted.  Life can be just perfect one day and a nightmare the next.  One never knows. It is truly in God’s hands. And this is why the present is a PRESENT. A gift one must cherish each and every day. 

Have a listen below and keep this little boy and his family in your prayers as he moves ahead to a couple of more surgeries in the next few months. 

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

6 Responses to “Jimmy Kimmel Tearfully Shares His Newborn Son’s Health Crisis”

  1. Anne Caraker May 3, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Awww, MCL, I’m SO sad to read about your David. I cannot imagine anything as heartbreaking as losing a child. You were kind to share that with us. Many gentle hugs to you. ❤

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  2. Thank you Anne. It was many years ago. He would have been 47 this year. So hard to believe. And, recently, a beautiful 13 year old in our community died due to medical complications. Totally unexpected. Third young teen I know who has died while sleeping during the last few months. So heartbreaking. Thank you for your kind and loving comments. It means a great deal. 💖🌹


  3. Roseanne, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved David. I truly believe he is one of God’s angels, bring hope and light to those in need.

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  4. Dear MCL, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your son, David. So very heartbreaking. Jimmy Kimmel’s story about his son was gut-wrenching. Prayers that he recovers and leads a normal life.

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  5. Thank you Louise. When I heard Jimmy’s story, the sad memory of my son’s death came back to me in a rush. Just the helpless feeling I experienced when happiness turned into unbearable sadness. I am so thrilled that Jimmy’s son was treated quickly and praying that he continues to thrive.


  6. Thank you Janey. The memory of his birth and the three years of his time on Earth never leave me. Jimmy Kimmel’s experience brought it all back in such a strong way. I am thankful for Jimmy’s son and for many young children that we live in a time when technology and skill is so advanced. Miracles can and do happen. 💕🙏🏻


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