Burglars steal money saved for wheelchair ramp

Shawn Ferrell

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Life in a wheelchair is difficult enough, but it just got harder for Hampton’s Shawn Ferrell.  Someone broke into his home, ransacked it and stole money he was saving to build a ramp to make his house more accessible.

“I just can’t believe somebody would do something like this,” Ferrell told 10 On Your Side.

Confined to his Hampton home, Ferrell will also soon be confined to a wheelchair. “I’m not even supposed to be standing, but I have no choice right now,” Ferrell added.  “There is no other way from me to get around.”

The 38-year-old’s medical issues are breaking down his body.

“I have hereditary pancreatic disease which has caused me to have severe brittle disabilities,” Ferrell said.

To help get out of the house, Ferrell has been saving money to buy a ramp. “It took almost a year to save that money,” Ferrell explained.  “I would save $20 here, $10 there and it’s all gone.”

Last Wednesday, someone broke into his home on Old Point Avenue around 7 p.m.

“When I saw it all I just couldn’t believe it,” he said.  “They even stole the prosthetic piece of my leg.”

They also took medicine and in his bedroom safe, the $750 he saved for his ramp.

“”I haven’t slept in four days,” said Ferrell. “I just don’t know why anybody would do this to me.”

He now has to start saving again, which is tough considering his only income is a $750 monthly disability check.

“I don’t know what to do,” Ferrell said.  “I don’t like asking for help.  I don’t want to ask for help.”

Police say they are looking for the suspects. In the meantime, Ferrell’s friends have started a gofundme account to help him recover the stolen money.

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