An infectious disease expert in Kentucky who vehemently led local calls to wear masks has died after a four month battle against COVID-19.
Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, 62, had been an advocate of wearing masks even in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and posted it on social media, her family told NBC.
She was also a senior member of the Bowling Green-Warren County’s coronavirus working group when she became ill herself in May because she believed she was from an infected caregiver treating an elderly relative.
Even after she got sick, Shadowen continued to work for the local task force – she repeatedly pushed for a local mask ordinance, colleagues at her place of work, the Bowling Green Medical Center, told NBC.
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During her four-month battle with the contagion, during which she sat on a ventilator and in intensive care several times, she continued to work from her hospital bed when that was clear, her husband, fellow doctor David Shadowen said.
“She thought several times she was turning the corner and we thought she was on the way to recovery,” he told NBC.
He was with Shadowen and their two grown children when his wife died on September 11, he said.
“Many children see their parents as heroes. It actually was mine, ”her daughter Kathryn, 23, told NBC.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear noted the doctor’s campaign when he said he was “broken” in the death of the “hero on the front lines”.
“Please follow Dr. Shadowen’s advice – wear a mask in your honor,” Beshear tweeted.
With postal wires