Mother of boy recovering from gunshot to face: His laughter ‘a joy to hear’

More surgery planned; community hosting fundraiser

The 8-year-old boy recovering from a gunshot wound to the head is talking, laughing and eating, and more surgery is scheduled, his family said.

Noah Bowles was with a 13-year-old babysitter when he accidentally shot him in the face on Jan. 26 in Livingston. The bullet struck Noah between his nose and mouth, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said. He was flown to University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

Heather Bowles, Noah’s mother, said Noah’s progress has been steady since the incident. Noah underwent one surgery to repair damage to his tongue and to remove as many bullet fragments as possible. His ventilator was removed five days after the shooting, and he’s been breathing on his own without oxygen. He has a few stitches below his left nostril.

Mother of boy recovering from gunshot to face: His laughter ‘a joy to hear’

“He has been talking a little bit and laughing more..which is a joy to hear,” Bowles wrote in an update to News 3.

He is having occupational, physical and speech therapy along with a tutor to help him with homework while he recovers at the hospital. Heather Bowles said Noah can’t wait to get back to school and be with his friends.

Noah will undergo another surgery Thursday to repair his upper palate by splitting it and wiring his jaw, Bowles said.

Multiple fundraisers for the family are being held in Grant County, including a dinner benefit Sunday hosted by the Rewey Lucky Stars 4-H Club from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rewey Fire Station. A variety of homemade soups, chili donated by the A&W in Platteville, BBQ, sandwiches and more will be served. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Gift cards are being collected at the Community First Bank in Livingston for the family.

Officials said the 13-year-old had the combination to the locked safe where the .22-caliber rifle had been stored.