Comedian brings awareness to heart-related birth defect

CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) -- Parents whose children are suffering from the same heart condition that plagues comedian Jimmy Kimmel's newborn son say they're glad he's raising awareness about the birth defect.

Darisha Copeland, a Rockford mother, says her son, Charles, suffers form the heart-related birth defect called tetralogy of Fallot.

The hole-in-the-heart problem is one of the most common heart-related birth defects, and it usually can be fixed with surgery, according to doctors.

On his show Monday night, Kimmel tearfully described the emergency operation needed for his son.