Orangevale woman shares story of her son after emotional Jimmy Kimmel Live opening

A local mother shares the story of her son who has the same heart condition on Jimmy Kimmel's son.

Jimmy Kimmel revealed Monday his son, Billy, had undergone a successful open heart surgery after his birth on April 21.
 
Kimmel explained his son was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, a combination of four related congenital heart defects.
 
Julie Putnam of Orangevale explained that her 22-year-old son, Alex White, has the same heart condition and had to go through surgeries.
 
"We were ready to go home and the nurse came in and said she heard a murmur," Putnam said. "Five hours later they came in gave us the diagnosis that he had Tetralogy of Fallot."
 
Her son has went through three open heart surgeries and will have to go through another one soon.
 
"Terrifying I think is the word," Putnam said. "I was young, 20, and I was already worried about taking care of a baby and then learning I was gonna take care of a baby with an illness."
 
She wanted to make sure her son lived a "normal" life filled with sports and school.
 
"His doctors gave us limitations, but he was really good with listening to his body," Putnam said. "I think I wanted him to stay in a bubble but you can't do that."
 
We met with her son at work.
 
"It's scary to think about and it's not a little subject," White said. 
 
He says as a kid he didn't want to be different and says a big reason why he had a "normal" childhood is because of his family, especially his mom.
 
"I can't repay them it's hard," White said. "I'm here. I wouldn't be here without it."
 
He told us he goes in for check-ups every six months and it's unclear when his next surgery will be. 

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