Bowden back in critical condition

Friday, January 28, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:08 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 31, 2008


[Note: this story has been modified since its original posting to correct errors.]


Wounded Columbia Police Officer Molly Bowden's condition took a turn for the worse Thursday.


Bowden, who had had a low grade fever on Tuesday, developed a serious infection Wednesday that has left her fighting for her life.


On Friday, Capt. Sam Hargadine said doctors think Bowden has meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord.


Bowden was admitted to University Hospital on Jan. 10 with three gunshot wounds. Bowden was shot by Richard T. Evans after she pulled him over for a traffic stop. Her condition has been "somewhat of a rollercoaster," said Hargadine.


On Jan. 20, Bowden's condition had been upgraded from critical to serious but stable following a surgery.


As of Thursday the situation was just that - serious.


Bowden's father, David Thomas said in an answering machine message, "Molly is in God's hands. Please pray for her now."


Michael Burt, pastor of Grace Bible Church, said that when he last spoke to the family "they seemed to be doing fine." He expressed the dedication of Bowden's husband, also a police officer.


"Corey is not leaving the hospital," he said.


Hargadine said that Bowden's family has been told to prepare for the worst.


"It's been a rough week," he said. "Things get better, and then they get worse. When they get worse, she has been strong, and we're hoping that is what happens now."

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