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Owens family from Minster overwhelmed by kind strangers who donated gifts via 52 Lives website

By Poppy Jeffery

When Logan Owens was born with a serious heart defect, his parents never expected his younger sister Ava-Lily to be born with half a heart and half a spine.

And they definitely didn't expect the kindness of strangers either, but that's what they’ve got.

Kirsty and Andrew Owens, of Parish Close, Minster, shared their story on 52-Lives.org.

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The Owens family
The Owens family

The website publicises people’s problems in the hope supporters will help do something good for them.

It also links to an Amazon wish list where readers can buy gifts for those featured.

So far, the family has received a bunk bed, a Nintendo Wii U and games, 41 £10 Amazon gift cards, a special mattress, nappies and sensory toys.

VIDEO: Family overwhelmed by strangers' generosity

Within an hour of their story featuring, a stranger had purchased the bed for Logan, four, who has tetralogy of fallot - a severe heart defect - and was born prematurely at just 25 weeks. Ava-Lily, 11 months, was also born prematurely.

Kirsty and Andrew say they have had their lives turned upside down.

They had to leave their jobs to become full-time carers.

Logan and his sister Ava-Lily
Logan and his sister Ava-Lily

This includes weekly hospital appointments, many at London’s Great Ormond Street.

When former photographer Kirsty got in touch with the website, she never expected people’s generosity

The 26-year-old said: “It’s been a very difficult time for us, but I’m not one to dwell on it.

Logan and his sister Ava-Lily
Logan and his sister Ava-Lily

“Logan is so strong and he watched his little sister go through open-heart surgery so I thought he deserved to be nominated to appear as he’s been on such a journey. I’m so grateful for these gifts.”

Also on the wish list is a meal for two in Sheerness as Kirsty and Andrew rarely get time to spend together.

She added: “To get anyone to look after them, it just doesn’t happen.”

Logan shortly after he was born
Logan shortly after he was born

The couple are now looking forward to Logan starting school at Thistle Hill Academy, despite his three heart operations.

His mum said: “He’s so energetic and since this last operation, he’s bouncing around again.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the family can do so via the 52 Lives website.

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