What looked to be certain tragedy for current UK safety Ashely Lowery this weekend has turned into nothing short of a miracle. While travelling alone in Georgia this weekend, Lowery lost control of his car, and as it rolled multiple times, Lowery was ejected from the vehicle after not having a seatbelt secured, and the impact of hitting the pavement left him in critical condition due to what was believed to be a serious neck injury. As it turned out, not having his seatbelt engaged saved his life, as this is what happened to his car after he was ejected:
But miraculously, Lowery escaped with minor injuries and has no internal or brain injuries and no broken bones. Lowery’s family released a statement today to update everyone on his status.
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. He’s now been discharged from the ICU and was to be moved to a regular hospital room Wednesday afternoon.
Family friend Doug Stutsman had these comments on Lowery, who hopes to be out of the hospital this week:
It’s a huge step, and once he gets into a normal room and doesn’t have all the tubes and wires and everything connected to him, he’ll be a lot more settled in and relaxed.
We’re hoping by the end of the week. He’s ready to get out of there now. He’s ready to go.
He’s gotten up a few times. He’s taken two or three steps. He’s improved a lot compared to yesterday and the day before, it’s just incredible how far he’s come.
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 this weekend 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.