Condition worsens for BG physician at forefront of COVID-19 battle

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, a specialist in infectious diseases at Med Center Health and a leader with the Bowling Green-Warren County Coronavirus Workgroup, worsened Thursday.

“After being placed on a ventilator earlier in the day, an urgent procedure was performed late Thursday afternoon at The Medical Center at Bowling Green to prepare Dr. Shadowen for transport to UK Healthcare in Lexington,” Connie Smith, president and chief executive officer of Med Center Health, said in a Friday morning release.

On Wednesday Shadowen released her own update on her condition stating she was “in serious condition.”

Shadowen also said in her statement, “as we know, this illness can take turns at any time.”

“In less than 24 hours from releasing her status to the media and general public, Dr. Shadowen’s condition worsened to critical status,” Smith said in the release.

Shadowen first announced she had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 13 after contracting the virus through community-acquired exposure when an elderly family member received care at home from an infected caregiver.  At that time, Shadowen said she did not believe she contracted the virus through her work at the hospital.

“Dr. Shadowen and her family are in our thoughts and prayers and we know she is in the skillful hands of our partners at UK Healthcare,” Smith said.