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Remarkable Story: Gospel Star Fred Hammond’s Knees Replaced
By Young Fan Turned Top Surgeon
By Lisa Sherwood: EEW Magazine News
Multiple Dove, Stellar and Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Fred Hammond, 53, is currently in the hospital
recovering from a successful knee replacement surgery. The painful journey is being documented on
Facebook as thousands of supporters follow along, sharing their love and support.
The story of how the expensive Jan. 3 procedure was gifted to Hammond by a top orthopedic surgeon is
nothing short of amazing and is a powerful lesson in the power of love.
It all began more than two decades ago after Hammond’s famed group, Commissioned, disbanded and he
ventured out as a solo artist. As a struggling independent act, he could not afford a team to handle his
bookings, so he directed all calls to his small home and did the legwork himself.
In the wee hours of one morning, Hammond took a call from two teenagers—huge fans—who simply wanted to
hear his voice, not knowing a seed was being planted for the future.
“I reminded them to keep the Lord first and continue to get good grades” and also, “do well in college,” he said
of the brief friendly exchange with the two young strangers. “And they replied with respect [saying] yes sir thank
you for talking to us minister Hammond, and that was the last time I talked to them.”
Little did Hammond know, he would cross paths with both of them again in February 2013 during a Washington,
DC video shoot for his top-selling gospel group, The United Tenors.
One of the gentleman, now in his 40s, when he saw his favorite gospel star, expressed both joy and concern.
He was happy to see Hammond, but worried about the singer, producer and composer’s limp. “I simply said I
have really bad knees and I gotta get them fixed,” Hammond explained.
Then the story gets even more interesting.
The super stoked fan phoned his friend. The two of them recounted, in Hammond’s words, “how when they
were 17 they called my house at 2 AM in the morning and I didn't cuss them out or be rude to them in anyway
but I took time to talk to them and encourage them they were glad about that.”
Turns out, one of them is now a leading orthopedic specialist in Texas. He said, “Because you took the time to
talk to us and not be rude to us and your music has been such a blessing helping us through college years and
becoming men and musicians I want to hook you up.”
JANUARY 9, 2014
According to Hammond, this young doctor gave him and his family “first-class treatment and opened
up/operated on both my knees and put brand-new ones in them. And you know hospital stays and operations
of any kind can be expensive and the brother has blessed me financially in that way as well.”
“Sometimes we don't have to act all super Duper important, extra grand and suchy much, spiritually deep,
quoting scriptures every five minutes to impress folk, or spitting prophecy all over people when they talk to
you,” he wrote.
“Sometimes all you have to be as nice and God will hook you up.”
Speedy recovery, Mr. Hammond.
Those who read this, also read:
David and Tamela Mann, married 25 years, cover the February 2014 issue of Ebony
Magazine celebrating Black Love