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Baby Shane's 'Monkey Run' Saturday

Benefit for Shane Douglas Ferrell
By MARIE BAKKEN Reporter Staff Writer

Friends and family of three-month-old Shane Ferrell (above, during his long hospital stay after birth) are holding a benefit for he and his family Saturday, June 20 at The Ranch in Rockdale. Friends and family of three-month-old Shane Ferrell (above, during his long hospital stay after birth) are holding a benefit for he and his family Saturday, June 20 at The Ranch in Rockdale. WHERE: The Ranch, 415 West US 79.

WHEN: Saturday all day.

MOTORCYCLE RUN: Registration at 9:30 a.m., first bike out at 11 a.m., run starts and ends at The Ranch.

BARBECUE: Plates will be sold beginning at 11 a.m., priced at $8 each.

AUCTION: Will start at 4 p.m. Donated items will be accepted all day. Auctioneer John Fisher will conduct the auction.

At less than three months old, little Shane Douglas Ferrell has already proven he's a fighter.

When he was born March 23, little Shane had a cardiac defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot. That meant that he had four things wrong with his heart that needed immediate care. He was transported by helicopter from College Station Medical Center to Dell Children's Hospital in Austin. After an examination Shane was transferred yet again to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston to be readied for his first surgery.

Shane's parents, Neal (S.T.) and Ashley Ferrell drove to Houston for the most life challenging event they had ever witnessed. Surrounded by babies and their parents all playing the same waiting game and watching their precious children fight for their lives, they were saddened by the fact that they had no idea of the outcome for Shane or the length he would have to be hospitalized.

On April 1, Shane underwent a four-hour surgery where doctors placed a BT shunt in his heart to allow blood flow to his lungs to keep him from being cyanotic

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S.T. and Ashley had still not been able to hold their precious bundle and this made it harder for them to endure. Three days after the surgery when all was believed to be going well the shunt clotted. The Ferrell family was back to CVICU and 12 hours later Shane was back in surgery.

"Most babies with Tetralogy of Fallot don't normally get the open heart surgery for the repairs other than the shunt until they are at least six months old," said Sarah Wedemeier, co-organizer of this weekend's benefit to help out the Ferrell family.

Shane had no choice and so open heart surger y was performed. The next week was very long for the Ferrell family as they watched Shane recover enough to start learning to feed again.

Shane was transferred back to Dell Children's hospital in Austin on April 24 to work on his nutrition and weight gain.

The special day came on May 9 when Shane was released to come home and be with the rest of his family and friends. He is possibly facing more surgeries and hospital time.

Friends and family are holding a benefit this Saturday for Shane called the Monkey Run.

The event will be held at The Ranch, located at 415 West US 79 in Rockdale. Barbecue plates will be sold for $8 each starting at 11 a.m.

A motorcycle run will also be held with registration at 9:30 a.m. and first bike out will be at 11. A live auction with auctioneer John Fisher will be at 4 p.m. Donated items will be accepted all day at The Ranch.

For more information on the event, contact organizers Charles Starr (760-5537), Loy Woolverton (446-5712) or Sarah Wedemeier (446-3476).


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