An infectious disease specialist from Kentucky passed away on Friday night after a four-month battle with the coronavirus.
The Herald Leader reports that Dr. Rebecca Shadowen first announced that she tested positive for the virus on May 13, a release from not-for-profit health system Med Center Health in Bowling Green states.
At the time of her diagnosis, Shadowen was working to lead Med Center Health's National Institute of Health trials to help fight the virus alongside other patients who contracted it.
The doctor returned to Bowling Green in June after a stay at UK Healthcare in Lexington where she remained in critical condition. "It's a great day to be alive," she said during a group conference call with her colleagues on the Bowling Green-Warren County Coronavirus Taskforce.
Shadowen believed she had come in contact with the virus after visiting an elderly family member who was being cared for by a sickened employee.
"We are grieving the loss of Dr. Rebecca Shadowen. There are really no words to describe the pain felt by her family, physician colleagues and Med Center Health teammates," Connie Smith, president and chief executive officer of Med Center Health, said.
She continued, "Dr. Shadowen will forever be remembered as a nationally recognized expert who provided the very best care for our patients and community. She was a dear friend to many."
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear took to Facebook with his own thoughts, writing, "Please, follow Dr. Shadowen's advice - wear a mask in her honor."