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Kosair Charities unveils dream home for Officer Ellis' son

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Hunter watching a movie in his new home. Hunter watching a movie in his new home.
Amy Ellis checking out the upstairs of the home. Amy Ellis checking out the upstairs of the home.
Amy Ellis Amy Ellis
Jenna looking out her new window. Jenna looking out her new window.
Jenna's new playhouse. Jenna's new playhouse.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Nine months after Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was shot and killed his widow brought their two boys to Louisville for a special surprise.

Thursday night, Kosair Charities unveiled 8-year-old Hunter Ellis' new dream playhouse at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. But he wasn't the only one, fellow Kosair Kid Jenna Mohammed also got to see her new home.

Hunter, who was born with down syndrome, has overcome several obstacles including heart complications. His family has spent a lot of time at Kosair Children's Hospital where he underwent heart surgery, a tonsillectomy, a tongue reduction and multiple other procedures needed to save his life.

When he's at home Hunter loves to hang out with his brother Parker and watch movies.

His mother, Amy Ellis, said aside from Hunter being chosen to receive one of the homes the kind outpouring of love from the community has helped her and her boys to heal.

"It's unbelievable the support system we've had throughout this. Without it I don't know where I would be. I've been blessed with a huge support system," she said.

Jenna was the first baby welcomed into Kosair in 2009 and weighed just 3 pounds and 12 ounces. At 18 months, she was diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia which caused her to face another ailment, spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. She begin physical therapy at 9 months old. In May of 2012 she underwent surgery to help her spasticity in her legs. Now 5 years old, Jenna is able to walk and stand with assistance. She will start kindergarten soon and is a good listener and a hard worker.

In addition to Kosair Charities, River City Bank, Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville and YouthBuild Louisville helped sponsor the homes.

Each one features special therapeutic features designed to help Hunter and Jenna.

If you want to see them for yourself, the playhouses will then be on display at the Home Garden & Remodeling Show from February 28 to March 2, 2014.

For more information on the event, click here.

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