52 Lives

#216 Phoenix

Request: Donations / Gifts / Messages

This week, we’d like to help a 2 year old boy from Swindon who has just arrived back home from hospital after his 20th operation.

Phoenix was born with a heart condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (also known as “half a heart”). He had his first open heart surgery at 4 days old...it was to be the first of many. In his first few weeks of life he suffered a heart attack and a stroke. He spent weeks in intensive care, before finally being allowed home. But it was short-lived. Routine scans picked up further complications, which needed further surgery....and that’s how life has been ever since...endless appointments and long stays in hospital.

Phoenix lives with his mum, dad and 10 year old sister Faye. The times they do have at home together as a family are incredibly special to them.

But even when he is at home, Phoenix requires 24 hour supervision, daily injections and regular blood tests. Despite everything, he is such a brave and happy little boy, who takes such an enormous amount in his stride.

His mum and dad do everything they possibly can to bring joy into Phoenix's days. His mum said:

“We don’t want to spend his life whilst he is here worrying about him not being here... we want to enjoy every second, because I genuinely do not know how I could carry on without one of my children.”

With your help, we want to help inject as much fun as we can into this family’s life - especially for Phoenix and Faye.

What We Need

1. Donations: All donations will be put towards making this family's life easier - and as fun for the children as possible. Whether it's days out, essential things they need, fixing their garden so Phoenix can play outside...whatever they need. 100% of what you give will be used to help them.

2. Gifts: We've set up an Amazon wishlist with a few fun things for Phoenix's bedroom and also some art supplies for his big sister Faye. (If there are no items left on the wishlist, please consider making a donation instead). To buy a gift, please click the 'Buy a Gift' link below. (And don't forget, when you buy through Amazon, please use Amazon Smile - that way a % of what you buy is donated to 52 Lives you can sign up to Amazon smile here)

3. Messages: We'd love to send some kind cards and drawings for Phoenix, and also to Faye to let her know what an amazing big sister she is. The more fun and colourful the better, so feel free to get your children involved! You can email a message by writing it in the form below (your contact details will not be passed along) OR you can post messages to 52 Lives (Life # 216), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT.




What We Did

On Friday, I had the chance to meet Phoenix. Thanks to all of you, we raised over £1000 to help his family, and also sent hundreds of pounds in Amazon gifts and gift cards.

While we were chatting, I mentioned to Clare how much we had raised and she burst into tears. It's going to make such a big difference to them.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped in some way. As well as the donations and gifts, we also received beautiful home-made quilts from Beth, a family portrait from Faith in Fabric (who we helped 4 years ago!), so many lovely gifts and drawings, and a big bunch of kind cards from the children at Peareswood Primary School. They are such a lovely family, and I can't believe what a happy, smiley little boy Phoenix is, despite everything he has to go through.

Thank you for helping to make their life a little bit easier.