SOUTHEAST TEXAS — Family and friends of Ben Featherston, and many others in the Southeast Texas community, are remembering the 19-year-old they say fought a courageous battle for about two months against a series of escalating health problems, yet always remained positive and optimistic no matter the adversity.
Ben Featherston’s mom, Amy, his father, U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston, and sister Anna, along with many other close relatives and friends, were able to say goodbye in the days prior to his death during the evening of November 26.
According to postings on his family’s Facebook page, Ben became ill September 29. His family says some type of pathogen caused Ben, who was a pre-med major at The University of Texas, to become critically ill. He was transferred to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston where doctors worked to identify and treat his illness.
He went through a number of procedures and was in ICU for about two months. Doctors amputated his legs above the knee at the beginning of November in an effort stabilize his condition and save his life.
His family thanks the Southeast Texas community for the love, support and prayers. They say Ben knew how much everyone cared and how much they supported him.
The last posting on his family’s Facebook page reads: “On November 26, 2021 around 7:15pm our sweet Ben went to be with the Angels in Heaven. After his crash on Tuesday the 23rd, his body could not physically recover. We are thankful that God gave us the extra days so that everyone he loved could say goodbye. Yesterday was such an incredible show of love as dozens of friends and loved ones visited with Ben. They shared their wonderful stories of Ben with us and told him goodbye, and we are so thankful that he could hear their voices again.
Ben was with us for 19 amazing love filled years. Through this journey our amazing friends and family have surrounded us with love and support. Ben knew this and it gave him comfort. We were also blessed with world class health care from Beaumont to Houston that gave us precious time to talk and love Ben. If you know Ben, he loved his friends unconditionally. Ben stays with us, he is with us. “ To infinity and Beyond.”
Southeast Texans donated blood in a blood drive to help Ben, and a close family friend has set up a GoFundMe page to help offset medical expenses.
Written by KFDM/FOX 4