Martin Watts’ 6-year-old son Joey was diagnosed with supravalvular aortic stenosis.
The condition develops before birth and causes the narrowing of the large blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body,” according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. If left untreated, the condition can lead to shortness of breath, chest pain and ultimately heart failure.
Joey underwent a life-saving eight-hour heart surgery last month. Joey’s surgery was a success, and his parents said he is now recovering.
To celebrate his son’s successful surgery, Martin Watts got a 3.5 inch tattoo that looks like his son’s surgery scar.