Prayers for Baby Benjamin Shell

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Raised by 120 people in 45 months
Rosemary Moore
on behalf of Antonette Shell
 WINCHESTER, VA

On April 4th, 2015, Jerramy and Antonette Shell welcomed their very healthy 9lb 7oz beautiful baby Benjamin into the world. And in 1 moment their beautiful family of 4 turned into a perfect family of 5. From the start baby Benjamin showed his strength by holding his head up at only a few days old and rolling over at 1 month old. He was advancing physically very quickly. But at only 2 months old, a few days ago, Benjamin just stopped eating without a reason why. His parents rushed him the the hospital and were soon after transferred straight to Fairfax INOVA's PICU (pediatric intensive care unit.) Shortly after admission,  they began him on  oxygen because he was having difficulty breathing. The medical staff was baffled that all of his tests were coming back normal but he was steadily declining.  They have now diagnosed him with a rare form of botulism which he received through a spore in the air.  Since his diagnosis his oxygen levels have significantly dropped and parts of his lungs have begun collapsing.  Yesterday he was getting constant breathing treatments and was put on an easy pap.  

However last night was a terrible night. Benjamin's parents woke up to the entire medical staff in his room doing chest compressions and trying to resuscitate him.  His breathing had gotten so low that his heart had stopped.  He was revived, intubated and is currently on a ventilator.  And today 6/30/15 they are placing a feeding tube.  Which we hope will help give Benjamin enough nutrients and strength to keep him fighting through this horrible real life nightmare.


Not only do Benjamin's parents have to worry about their child but they are also burdened with how costly everything is. The treatments for this rare form of botulism is extremely expensive. One dose is about $50,000 . Botulism causes muscle weakness and breathing problems in infants because their body's immune system can't fight off the toxins produced from the bacteria infecting their body.  This little boy and his perfect little family needs your prayers during this difficult time.


I set this Gofundme account up for my great friends Antonette and Jerramy because they are focusing their time with their child and his health. But they are going to need a lot of help with their mounting medical expenses from both hospitals and his medication  which is being flown in. Please pray, give from your heart, and share with your friends on social media to spread the word.

#prayingforbabybenjamin

"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." - Isaiah 41:10

"Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven" -Psalm 107:28-30
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Baby Ben has been home for a couple weeks and his NG tube is out! Praise God! Thank you all for everything!
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7/10/15 update:
God is amazing! We honestly can't thank you all enough with your constant prayers, support for the Shell family, and the numerous donations coming in. Baby Benjamin is doing better everyday! A couple days ago his oxygen was lowered to 4 and he is moved down from the PICU to the regular pediatric unit! PRAISE GOD! :) and his two awesome older brothers are now able to visit Ben. Thank you everyone again for Everything it's truly a blessing. -Rosey
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Update 7/4/14:
Benjamin has been hospitalized for a week now. Praise God, he's making steady improvements. Earlier this week he was not doing well. But our little warrior is fighting through it. Although his right lung is still partially collapsed, he is breathing on his own will-with some help, but no longer on a ventilator. Benjamin is also starting to show emotion again which brings his mother into happy and sad tears- knowing he is truly healthily progressing but she can see his sad emotion. He is wrapping his fingers around his favorite blue octopus stuffed animal and around his loved ones fingers now too!

This is a long road to recovery but his parents are already seeing steady improvements! Benjamin's amazing parents, Jerramy and Antonette, and the best big brothers Benjamin could ever have, Lanedon and Carter, have a lot going on and this time can be very emotionally exhausting, please keep them in your prayers aswell as the extended Shell and Capone families.

Let's keep the Shell family focused on Benjamin, Lanedon, and Carter and let's help ease their financial burden! There is a benefit and silent auction at Valerie hill winery on the 12th of July. There is a bake sale and jam berry party planned aswell as this Gofundme donation page.

Thank you to everyone's prayers and previous donations! It is a true blessing! Happy 4th of July and GOD BLESS AMERICA.
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7/1/2015 update:
Benjamin is a fighter! He is pushing through as hard as he can! The medical staff removed his intubation and put him back on his easy pap. This tiny warrior was fighting the endotracheal tubing and the easy pap is helping him so much!

Benjamin's parents have been given a room at the Ronald McDonald House which is truly a blessing, with plans that Benjamin's brothers, Carter and Lanedon, will be close by to their Mom, Dad, and brother.

Jerramy and Antonette are pushing through the toughest days of their lives and all the support, prayers, and kind words are truly inspirational. Its beautiful to see our community come together with an outpouring of love for this beautiful family. We just keep praying that his story keeps spreading.

Thank you so very much to every single person who has and will donate for this cause.

Please also add Valerie Hill Vineyard on facebook and support and spread the word for a Benefit dinner and silent auction in Benjamin's Honor- scheduled for Sunday, July 12th, 2015. 100% of the proceeds for the $25 ticket will be given straight to the Shell Family, and 15% of every bottle of wine purchased will be donated.


Thank you all again!!
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Jessica Hall
45 months ago

Inova has a financial aid applications it is worth a shot!! I wish I could donate now! Good luck

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Inova has a financial aid applications it is worth a shot!! I wish I could donate now! Good luck

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