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. Matt posted frequent health updates on social media detailing the post-op struggles Bowen had with pain and eating. However, on August 8th, Bowen was discharged to home from the hospital, where he will continue to undergo a 6 week recovery.
I wish there was a cure for Bowen’s disease, but at the moment we’ll take every victory with a grateful heart and live each day to its fullest. I also hope our story will continue to raise awareness for the 40,000+ children per year who are born with congenital heart defects.— Matt Hammitt (@matthammitt) August 9, 2019
Drum roll please....(cue video).— Matt Hammitt (@matthammitt) August 9, 2019
The moment we’ve been praying for is here! It’s not the end of recovery, but it’s the big step we’ve been looking forward to! We just got settled into the Ronald McDonald House and are planning to head home tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/EdD46MjQd1
Bowen just made one more big step toward getting home. The staff at MOTT Children’s Hospital is incredible. We’re so grateful for this team. pic.twitter.com/QzlGWywgPy— Matt Hammitt (@matthammitt) August 8, 2019
Our doctor told Bowen some jokes. He was excited to share this one with grandpa. 😂 pic.twitter.com/RdHa9JOrX5— Matt Hammitt (@matthammitt) August 4, 2019
Ok, so @bencalhoun from @citizenway was the only member of our small group who couldn’t make it to Ann Arbor for Bowen’s surgery. He had a show close by tonight and pulled a musical ninja move. Watch Bowen’s face light up at the end!— Matt Hammitt (@matthammitt) August 3, 2019
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 posted frequent health updates 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.
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.