September 22, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators tight end Jordan Reed (11) catches the ball as Kentucky Wildcats safety Mikie Benton (31) tackles and knocks off his helmet in the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Football: Latest on Ashely Lowery

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Tragedy nearly hit current UK safety Ashely Lowery this weekend when he was travelling alone in a Nissan Altima in Georgia when he lost control of his car, and it rolled multiple times. Lowery did not have a seatbelt on at the time of the accident and was ejected from the vehicle, and the impact of hitting the pavement left him in critical condition due to what was believed to be a serious neck injury.

But miraculously, Lowery does not have internal or brain injuries and no broken bones. Lowery’s family released a statement today to update everyone on his status:

The only official comment from the hospital is that his condition has been upgraded from stable to satisfactory and his injuries are no longer life threatening. We expect a full recovery. Again, thank you so much for all the prayers and support.

On behalf of the Lowery family, we’d like to thank everyone for their concerns and prayer. From Georgia to Lexington, we can’t thank everyone enough. You are like family to us.

 

Lowery was in such bad shape that after he got out of ICU, he was left in breathing tubes and a neck brace, both of which have now been removed.

Last year, Lowery started eight games for UK at safety while registering 43 tackles, and was projected to open the 2013 season as one of the starting safeties.

New UK head coach Mark Stoops went down to Georgia today to see Lowery, and later issued this statement:

I went to see Ashely today and was glad to see him and spend some time with him. We’re thankful for the progress he’s made and are hopeful he will continue that improvement. He’s heard from a lot of teammates and is grateful for all the good wishes and prayers that so many people are offering on his behalf. We ask the Big Blue Nation to join Ashely’s football family in continuing to pray for a speedy recovery.

 

 

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