Paisley youngster with rare blood disorder gets special birthday treat

A Paisley youngster living with a rare blood disorder was given a special birthday treat thanks to a generous group inspired by his bravery.

Logan Simpson lives with haemophilia – a condition that means his blood does not clot properly.

The little battler, who turned five last month, lives every day with the risk of seriously injuring himself as a simple bump or cut can result in him being admitted to hospital.

Logan has to endure regular injections to protect him from the effects of his condition and allow him to live his life as normally as possible.

His bravery inspired a group of lads who are involved with Chin Up – a mental health support group for men in Paisley – who threw him a special lockdown street party for his fifth birthday.

His grateful mum Lisa, 39, said Logan was over the moon with the kindhearted gesture from the group.

She said: “I have known some of the guys involved with Chin Up for years and they know all about Logan’s condition and how it affects him.

Logan and his best friend Nancy (Image: Paisley Daily Express, UGC MSR)

“They decided they wanted to do something for him as they know what he has to go through regularly because of his condition.

“He is at risk of bleeding internally for no reason and things like a simple bump on the head can land him in hospital for days.

“I wouldn’t wish this condition on anyone as it’s a constant worry.

“He lives a normal life but there is always a worry that he could get really hurt.

“What the guys at Chin Up did for him was amazing.

“He had a great day with a bouncy castle and a DJ and we threw him a street party.”

Logan, who is set to start St Charles’ Primary next week, also inspired the Chin Up group to launch a fundraiser.

The group is now planning to scale Ben Lomond to help raise some cash to support the youngster, having already raised £250 for him.

They hope to continue raising funds once lockdown is over and they can organise other events.

Members of the group met with Logan to present him with the cash, which Lisa says she has put into his savings for the future.

She added: “It was so nice of them. Logan said he wanted to spend the money on a Ryan’s World magazine, which was sweet.

“I have put it away for him in his savings.”

Lisa regularly documents Logan’s life with the rare condition on social media following his diagnosis in 2015.

She has created a Facebook page called Logan’s journey with Severe Haemophilia and uses it to share the day-to-day challenges her lad faces.

Logan was given the cash from members of local group Chin Up (Image: Paisley Daily Express, UGC MSR)

He needs regular injections to help his blood clot and prevent any severe damage if he injures himself.

Now, thanks to a change in medication, the youngster only has to have injections every two weeks, in comparison to two every day when he was first diagnosed.

The mum-of-three was inspired to set up the page to share the realities of living with the condition.

She added: “Logan’s condition has an affect on us all as a family, especially his brother and sister.

“We have spent a lot of time in hospital, so it can be stressful for us all.

“I started the page to share with people what it’s like for someone to be living with haemophilia.

“It is such a hidden condition that not a lot of people are aware of.

“Looking at Logan you would never guess he had it.

“He just looks like a regular, happy little boy.

Logan had a party with his friends thanks to the Chin Up group (Image: Paisley Daily Express, UGC MSR)

“He takes it all in his stride so well.”

A spokesman for Chin Up said: “Chin Up is all about affecting real, positive change in the community through actions.

“We think Logan and his family are amazing, we are inspired by them.

“We wanted to do something to show that we support them.

“If you want to support the community, you need to start at the roots.

“We will continue to raise money for the family after lockdown.”d

Daily Record – Paisley