Child inspires mother, makeup line

Averie born without a heartbeat

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Born without a heartbeat and having faced 20-plus surgeries, 11-year-old Averie Torres is an inspiration to her family and friends. So much so that Red Aspen, a makeup line that names all products after inspiring females, chose Averie to represent one of their brow pencils.

Averie is the daughter of Valerie and Josh Torres, who are originally from San Benito. The family relocated to Uvalde eight years ago, when Josh Torres accepted a position at the Uvalde station of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Averie, who attends Knippa Independent School District, has two younger siblings, Gabriella, 7, and Ezra, 3.

Valerie said she had a relatively easy pregnancy, but when she went into labor at 37 weeks, Averie’s heart stopped beating.


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