State: Cincinnati, OH
Facility: Shriners Hospitals for Children
Bowen lives with his parents and older brother. When you meet him, you will instantly recognize that he is filled with curiosity about the world around him. He has an endearing playfulness and incredible imagination. You may get to join him in a pirate adventure or battling dragons as a knight. In October 2008, Bowen was faced with a different kind of battle. He was trapped in the laundry room of his family’s home when a gas can ignited and caused an explosion. Bowen experienced burns over 85% of his body. His battle for survival was filled with obstacles including renal failure, inhalation injury resulting in a tracheotomy, respiratory failure, vision impairment, amputations of his fingers and several episodes of his heart stopping to recognize a few. After six months of hospitalization for acute care, and then extensive therapy and medical care at home, Bowen has overcome these obstacles and is adapting to his body forever changed from the burns. Bowen continues to need therapy and follow up care. He has returned for another hospital admission for reconstructive surgery, as he will likely need as he continues to grow. Bowen still loves to pretend and maintains his vivid imagination. He recently started preschool which he enjoys. Everyday he is finding ways to adapt to his amputations to do all of the things he loves. We find him inspiring and deserving of this Hero award!