Lexington chaplain Laura Babbage is making small improvements as she recovers from an overseas bike accident.
“We’ve had several good days in a row,” her husband, political analyst Bob Babbage, said in a telephone interview.
Laura Babbage suffered severe head trauma while cycling July 21 in a multi-day ride in conjunction with the Tour de France. Her son Brian was also participating in the event.
She was placed in an induced coma at an intensive care unit in Grenoble, France, before being moved to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital last week.
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Bob Babbage said in a Facebook post Monday that his wife will be in the intensive care unit for a few more days and will remain at the hospital “for some time after that.”
He wrote that she is opening her eyes and is able to follow basic commands, such as giving a “thumbs up” sign. She sits up with assistance for physical therapy, “huge changes - ahead of the doctors’ schedule,” Babbage said in the post.
“Thumbs up, also, to the UK medical team. They’re remarkable,” he wrote.
Laura Babbage holds an undergraduate degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University, a master’s from the University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce and a master’s of divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary.
She spent 11 years as chief executive officer of Urgent Treatment Centers and cowrote a book, “Life Lessons from Cancer,” with her brother-in-law, Keen Babbage. She works as a chaplain at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital and serves as a volunteer chaplain for the Lexington police.
Bob Babbage, a former state auditor and secretary of state, wrote that his wife’s “wonderful colleagues have been chaplains to us in the best sense” and said the prayers being sent on her behalf are working.
“We will be spending the rest of our lives adequately thanking the dozens upon dozens (and more dozens) of loyal friends for your encouragement and generous support,” he wrote.