Support for injured student continues to grow

Cameron Koch

Landon Lovett, a sophomore involved in a head-on vehicle collision on Memorial Day that left her critically injured, is steadily recovering, thanks in part to the medical attention she is receiving and the support and love by being shown by friends, family and complete strangers.

Lovett displayed her first signs of brain function when her eyes became reactive last week, giving her loved ones hope toward her recovery.

She was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center immediately after the accident with multiple broken limbs. There, doctors put her in a medically-induced coma for several days before she was flown to Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, where Lovett is currently recovering.

Lovett’s hometown of Benton, located within Marshall County, quickly rallied support for Lovett by hosting multiple prayer services and fundraising events.

The largest event, a benefit concert on June 10 at Marshall County High School for Lovett and another passenger injured in the accident, Shane McKenty, raised $34,347 for the families of Lovett and McKenty.

The Facebook group, “Prayer Power: For Shane McKenty and Landon Lovett” now has more than 5,000 “likes.”

The members of Lovett’s sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, have been deeply moved by the support Lovett has received.

Somer Dunaway, a senior from Owensboro and vice president of communications for AOII, said Lovett’s accident has impacted the sisters at WKU.

“This has been devastating to everyone in our chapter, and everyone is having a difficult time coping,” Dunaway said.

However, the incident has helped bring the group together. Dunaway said that everybody uniting for Lovett in Marshall County and in the WKU community shows how strong the communities really are.

Dunaway said AOII is planning a prayer service for the Lovett family in the near future and wish for all of the WKU community to attend.