Family members remain hopeful
THS graduate in KCK hospital
It's been nearly three weeks since Shadoe Barton was injured in a car accident south of Reno on U.S. Highway 24-40.
Since Feb. 23, Barton, a 2005 Tonganoxie High School graduate, has been a patient at University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.
Twen Barton, Shadoe's mother, said she's thankful for the outpouring of support her daughter has received from the community since the accident.
In an e-mail Twen sent to The Mirror earlier this week, she said Shadoe remained in critical condition at the hospital, with extensive internal injuries.
"We believe in our hearts that Shadoe's condition will improve in the coming weeks," Twen said in the e-mail. "The family would like to thank all those who have offered their prayers and support and we respectfully request that you continue to pray for us."
Shadoe, a Kansas University freshman, was driving north on U.S. Highway 24-40 from Lawrence when she attempted to pass a dump truck near 243rd Street, or County Road 27, Kansas Highway Patrol reports said. Barton lost control of the vehicle, which came to rest upside-down in a ravine with standing water. She was extricated from the vehicle and flown by air ambulance to the hospital.
Also in the car was Shadoe's sister's dog, Akira. Twen said the dog was taken to a local veterinarian and only suffered minor bruising. The dog's condition showed that "miracles do happen, as we've already witnessed," she said.
"We believe that God spared Akira as his way of sharing the hope and faith we've grown to depend on," Twen said, "and we know that Akira will be instrumental in Shadoe's recovery."
Shadoe, who was active in theater and forensics at THS, was on her way to help judge a forensics tournament in Lansing when the accident occurred, THS forensics coach Steve Harrell said.