ST. GEORGE – The community continues to show an outpouring of support for 16-year-old Britton Shipp, raising over $20,000 for the teen and his family in just one day.
Shipp, a Snow Canyon High School football player, lies in a coma at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George after sustaining injuries from an ATV accident Saturday while on a day activity date for the Sadie Hawkins dance.
Shipp was participating in the group activity prior to the Snow Canyon High School dance when he and his date, a 15-year-old Snow Canyon student, crashed while riding in a Polaris RZR side-by-side all-terrain vehicle in Pine Valley.
Shipp was taken by Life Flight to Dixie Regional Medical Center in critical condition with a severe skull fracture. His date was also taken to Dixie Regional, by ambulance, and has since reportedly been released from the hospital.
Autumn Shipp, Britton Shipp’s sister, posted the following update at 10:08 a.m. Tuesday about her brother’s condition on the Believe for Britton blog page after hearing the results of his MRI test:
he has swelling on his brain stem, and his brain is kind of sagging down, if it were to get any lower, it could be very bad, but it is in a managable spot right now, and they are doing everything they can to control it. His thalmus, which is more in the middle, is experiencing some bleeding. And he has a stroke spot, but the doctors said if you were to have a stoke, that is were you would want it to be, it affects motor skills. But britton seems to be moving and responding just fine to all of their tests. The tubes tubes they put in seem to be doing thier jobs, delivering oxygen and blood flow to the brain. The tissue spots that were discolored are no longer that way, they look good! The fracture of his ear canal on his right side, seems to be healing itself. He has been responding very well with all 4 extremities to painful stimuli. more details to come!!
By Tuesday afternoon, a GoFundMe account set up for the Shipp family by a family friend had already received an astonishing $21,366 in donations from 211 people.
“We can help by relieving some of the financial burden that accidents like this bring,” the GoFundMe page reads. “Any donation will help. The family is very grateful for all of the prayers and support they have received. We believe in you Britton!”
Believe4Britton wristbands are also in the works and will be sold beginning Wednesday afternoon at Swig, located at 989 E. Tabernacle in St. George, to raise money for the Shipp family.
Joining in the cause
Sports personality Devin Dixon is asking for the community’s help in posting the Believe 4 Britton logo to help show support to the Shipp family and raise awareness for the cause.
“Please post (the logo) on your websites… facebook… social media…print it…. post it anywhere you can,” Dixon said in an email.
Dixon added in the email:
Please continue to send thoughts and prayers to Britton & Jesse & Sommer Shipp and their family, during this Tragic time and keep praying for a Miracle.
The Nashville Tribute Band has also volunteered to help in the fundraising efforts. The band will be performing a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bloomington Hills Stake Center, located at 1130 E. Brigham Rd. They will be taking donations at the door to help cover Britton Shipp’s medical expenses.
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