Matt Hammitt's 9-year-old son Bowen was born with a hole in his heart (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome) and on Wednesday, July 31st, Bowen underwent his third open heart surgery. "So grateful for all the prayers for Bowen today. The surgeons are happy with the progress. He has about two more hours in the OR, but we’re so thankful to receive our first good report today," Matt posted on social media Wednesday around noon.
More good news came in updates later in the day as Matt posted, "Bowen is starting to open his eyes! The next 24 hours are critical, but he’s doing well. Thank you for your continued prayers."
As we have been telling you about all summer long, Bowen's tragic health struggles have not held him back from pursuing his dream of writing and recording music. Bowen, with the help of his dad, who is the former frontman of Sanctus Real, recently released a four song heart-felt EP titled Safe Right Here. In addition to featuring Matt singing with Bowen, the EP also includes guest vocals of Bart Millard and Mike Scheuchzer from MercyMe, Ben Calhoun of Citizen Way and Tim Timmons.
It was really hard getting Bowen to smile this morning. Then @BartMillard and his son Sam came into Bowen’s room to show him that his new song, “Heart Strong,” featuring Sam, had released online. They got his first big smile, now you just need to listen! https://t.co/NJqQcgP0n8 pic.twitter.com/Ja8uBNn0RR— Matt Hammitt (@matthammitt) August 2, 2019
Please visit www.BowensHeart.com today to purchase the EP, where you can also donate to help the Hammitt's medical expenses and support further releases from Bowen. Please keep the Hammitt family in your prayers.