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  • I HAVE A STORY TO TELL ABOUT

  • SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED TO OUR

  • FAMILY LAST WEEK.

  • I'M SORRY.

  • YOU KNOW, I TRY NOT TO GET

  • EMOTIONAL, BUT IT WAS A SCARY

  • STORY.

  • AND BEFORE I GO INTO IT, I WANT

  • YOU TO KNOW IT HAS A HAPPY

  • ENDING.

  • OKAY?

  • SO WHEN I'M TELLING THIS, DON'T

  • GET TOO UPSET.

  • LEAVE THAT TO ME.

  • BUT A LITTLE OVER A WEEK AGO ON

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 21st, MY WIFE,

  • MOLLY, GAVE BIRTH TO A BOY.

  • A BABY BOY.

  • HIS NAME IS WILLIAM JOHN KIMMEL.

  • [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

  • THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

  • WE CALL HIM BILLY.

  • IT WAS AN EASY DELIVERY.

  • SIX PUSHES, HE WAS OUT.

  • AND HE APPEARED TO BE A NORMAL

  • HEALTHY BABY.

  • UNTIL ABOUT THREE HOURS AFTER HE

  • WAS BORN.

  • WE WERE OUT OF THE DELIVERY

  • ROOM.

  • WE MOVED TO THE RECOVERY ROOM.

  • OUR WHOLE FAMILY WAS THERE.

  • AND WE INTRODUCED HIM TO HIS

  • 2 1/2-YEAR-OLD SISTER.

  • SHE WAS CUTE WITH HIM.

  • WE WERE HAPPY.

  • EVERYTHING WAS GOOD.

  • MY WIFE WAS IN BED RELAXING.

  • AND WHEN A VERY ATTENTIVE NURSE

  • AT CEDARS-SINAI HOSPITAL.

  • HER NAME IS NANUZH.

  • WAS CHECKING HIM OUT AND HEARD A

  • MURMUR IN HIS HEART, WHICH IS

  • COMMON WITH NEWBORN BABIES, BUT

  • SHE ALSO NOTICED HE WAS A BIT

  • PURPLE, WHICH IS NOT COMMON.

  • SO SHE ASKED ME TO COME WITH

  • HER.

  • AND MY WIFE AND I ASSUMED IT

  • WOULD BE NOTHING.

  • OUR DAUGHTER HAD A HEART MURMUR

  • TOO.

  • WE DIDN'T NOTICE THAT HE WASN'T

  • THE COLOR HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE.

  • SO I ACCOMPANIED BILLY AND THE

  • NURSE, WENT DOWN THE HALL TO

  • ANOTHER PART OF THE HOSPITAL.

  • THE NEONATAL ICU WHERE ANOTHER

  • EXCELLENT NURSE NAMED ANN

  • CHECKED HIM OUT AND CALLED THE

  • DOCTOR.

  • AND NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN IT FELT

  • SERIOUS.

  • AND THE ROOM STARTED TO FILL UP.

  • MORE DOCTORS AND NURSES AND

  • EQUIPMENT STARTED COMING IN.

  • AND THEY DETERMINED HE WASN'T

  • GETTING ENOUGH OXYGEN INTO HIS

  • BLOOD, WHICH AS FAR AS I

  • UNDERSTAND -- OR UNDERSTOOD AT

  • THE TIME WAS MOST LIKELY ONE OF

  • TWO THINGS, EITHER HIS HEART OR

  • HIS LUNGS.

  • AND YOU HOPE IT'S THE LUNGS

  • BECAUSE SOMETIMES THEY HAVE

  • FLUID IN THEM AFTER DELIVERY AND

  • IT'S POTENTIALLY A MINOR THING.

  • BUT THEY DID AN X-RAY AND HIS

  • LUNGS WERE FINE, WHICH MEANT HIS

  • HEART WASN'T.

  • SO NOW MORE DOCTORS AND NURSES

  • AND HE QUIT -- IT'S A TERRIFYING

  • THING.

  • YOU KNOW, MY WIFE IS BACK IN THE

  • RECOVERY ROOM.

  • SHE HAS NO IDEA WHAT'S GOING ON.

  • AND I'M STANDING IN THE MIDDLE

  • OF A LOT OF VERY WORRIED-LOOKING

  • PEOPLE KIND OF LIKE RIGHT NOW.

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • WHO ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT

  • WHAT THE PROBLEM IS.

  • IT'S FRIDAY NIGHT.

  • AND SO THEY CALL A PEDIATRIC

  • CARDIOLOGIST, DR. EBEN ZAHN, WHO

  • WHEN THEY CALLED HIM WAS PICKING

  • HIS MOTHER UP FROM THE AIRPORT.

  • LUCKILY, HER PLANE WAS NOT

  • DELAYED BECAUSE HE GOT TO THE

  • HOSPITAL VERY QUICKLY.

  • THEY DID AN ECHOCARDIOGRAM,

  • WHICH IS A SONOGRAM OF THE

  • HEART, AND FOUND THAT BILLY WAS

  • BORN WITH A HEART DISEASE.

  • SOMETHING CALLED TETRALOGY OF

  • FALLOT WITH PULMONARY ATRESIA.

  • IT'S HARD TO EXPLAIN.

  • BASICALLY THE PULMONARY VALVE

  • WAS COMPLETELY BLOCKED, AND HE

  • HAS A HOLE IN THE WALL BETWEEN

  • THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES OF HIS

  • HEART.

  • AND THEN THEY BROUGHT MY WIFE IN

  • AND THEY WHEELED HER IN AND DR.

  • ZAHN TOLD HER WHAT WAS GOING ON

  • AND WHAT OUR OPTIONS WERE, AND

  • WE DECIDED TO TAKE HIM TO

  • CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, WHERE

  • THERE'S A WORLD-RENOWNED CARDIAC

  • SURGEON WHO IS BY ALL ACCOUNTS A

  • GENIUS.

  • HIS NAME IS DR. VAUGHN STARNES.

  • WE PUT THE BABY IN AN AMBULANCE

  • TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL LOS

  • ANGELES.

  • AND ON MONDAY MORNING DR.

  • STARNES OPENED HIS CHEST AND

  • FIXED ONE OF THE TWO DEFECTS IN

  • HIS HEART.

  • 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.

  • [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

  • THEY DIDN'T DO EVERYTHING.

  • HE'LL HAVE TO HAVE ANOTHER OPEN

  • HEART SURGERY IN THREE TO SIX

  • MONTHS TO CLOSE THOSE HOLES.

  • BUT THEY WANT TO WAIT UNTIL HE'S

  • BIGGER, AND EVEN HE'LL HAVE A

  • THIRD HOPEFULLY NON-INVASIVE

  • PROCEDURE SOMETIME MAYBE IN HIS

  • EARLY TEENS TO REPLACE THE VALVE

  • HE HAS NOW.

  • SO THIS POOR KID, THIS IS WHAT

  • HE LOOKED LIKE ON MONDAY.

  • BUT THIS IS WHAT HE LOOKED LIKE

  • YESTERDAY.

  • [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

  • WE BROUGHT HIM HOME.

  • POOR KID.

  • NOT ONLY DO YOU GET A BAD HEART,

  • HE GOT MY FACE.

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • SIX DAYS AFTER OPEN HEART

  • SURGERY WE GOT TO BRING HIM

  • HOME, WHICH IS AMAZING.

  • HE'S DOING GREAT.

  • HE'S EATING.

  • HE'S SLEEPING.

  • HE PEED ON HIS MOTHER TODAY

  • WHILE SHE WAS CHANGING HIS

  • DIAPER.

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • [ APPLAUSE ]

  • HE'S DOING ALL THE THINGS THAT

  • HE'S SUPPOSED TO DO.

  • AND OUR DAUGHTER -- HERE'S A

  • PICTURE OF MY WIFE AND ME AND

  • BILLY AND OUR DAUGHTER JANE.

  • AND YOU CAN SEE JANE'S PRETTY

  • EXCITED ABOUT HAVING ANOTHER KID

  • IN THE HOUSE.

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • YOU KNOW, IT'S FUNNY.

  • THEY TELL YOU WHEN YOU BRING THE

  • NEW BABY HOME BRING A GIFT FOR

  • THE OLDER SIBLING AND TELL HER

  • IT'S FROM THE BABY.

  • AS IF WE GAVE BIRTH TO THE

  • EASTER BUNNY OR SOMETHING.

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • IT MAKES NO SENSE.

  • BUT THAT'S WHAT THEY TELL YOU TO

  • DO.

  • SO WE BROUGHT JANE THESE

  • SHOPKINS.

  • DO YOU KNOW WHAT THESE ARE?

  • THEY'RE LIKE TINY LITTLE

  • CUPCAKES AND DONUTS WITH FACES

  • ON THEM.

  • AND WE SAID BILLY BOUGHT THESE

  • FOR YOU.

  • AND SHE BELIEVED IT.

  • SHE'S NOT TOO BRIGHT.

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • I MEAN, HE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE

  • MONEY.

  • NOT ONLY --

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • DOESN'T HE HAVE MONEY.

  • HE DOESN'T HAVE A PLACE TO PUT

  • MONEY.

  • HE HAS NO WALLET.

  • HOW WOULD HE BUY THESE FOR HER?

  • AS FAR AS SHE KNOWS, THE BABY IS

  • SIGNED UP FOR AMAZON PRIME.

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • BUT SHE LIKES HIM OKAY.

  • THIS IS ANOTHER PICTURE.

  • THIS IS THE BEST.

  • THERE'S ME IN A COMA.

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • AND I HAVE A LIST OF PEOPLE I

  • WANT TO THANK FOR MAKING THAT

  • HAPPEN.

  • AND I HOPE I HAVE MY LIST.

  • THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE

  • PEOPLE WHO PLAYED A PART IN

  • THIS.

  • IT WAS AN ENORMOUS TEAM EFFORT.

  • REALLY WAS.

  • AT CEDARS-SINAI HOSPITAL FIRST

  • OF ALL I WANT TO THANK NA

  • NANUSH SHAKERNIA, THE NURSE WHO

  • WAS THE FIRST TO NOTICE THERE

  • WAS A PROBLEM.

  • [ APPLAUSE ]

  • IF IT WAS A GIRL, WE WOULD HAVE

  • NAMED HER NANUSH.

  • WE REALLY WOULD HAVE.

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • AND THE OTHER NURSES AT CEDARS.

  • DESIREE, LAURIE, ASHLEY,

  • THERESA, SUSAN, ALEXIS.

  • THE HEAD NURSE IN INTENSIVE CARE

  • ANN DE MAYO, WHO'S GREAT.

  • NURSE JOAN BACALL, WHO WAS AT

  • HIS SIDE THE WHOLE TIME.

  • DR. EBEN ZAHN.

  • AND ALSO HIS MOTHER, WHO

  • PROBABLY DIDN'T GET HER LUGGAGE

  • BECAUSE HE PICKED HER UP AT THE

  • AIRPORT.

  • DR. SCOTT COHEN, DR. STACY

  • ROSENBAUM, DR. TIM CASARES.

  • ALL FOR BEING SO GREAT.

  • AND THE TRULY AWE-INSPIRING TEAM

  • AT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL LOS

  • ANGELES LED BY DR. VAUGHN

  • STARNES, WHO SAVES SO MANY

  • LIVES.

  • [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

  • THIS MAN HAS SAVED THOUSANDS OF

  • LIVES AND TURNED SO MUCH SORROW

  • INTO HAPPINESS.

  • I'LL NEVER BE ABLE TO THANK HIM

  • FOR -- SO I WON'T EVEN TRY.

  • [ LAUGHTER ]

  • AND ALL THE GREAT DOCTORS AT

  • CHLA.

  • DR. SYLVIA DEL CASTILLO.

  • DR. ERIN ABARBANEL.

  • BARBARA GROSS WHO RUNS THE HEART

  • INSTITUTE.

  • AND OUR UNBELIEVABLY KIND AND

  • CARING NURSES, ESPECIALLY KRISTA

  • CALLAN AND CARRIE DUBLIN.

  • BUT THEY WERE ALL SO EXCELLENT.

  • ELLESE, JOSIE, RHEA.

  • DR. DONALD SEABACK, OUR

  • RESPIRATORY THERAPIST WHO KEPT

  • BILLY BREATHING THE WHOLE TIME.

  • THIS IS SOME PLACE CHILDREN'S