UPDATE: Laura Babbage, injured in cycling accident, conscious

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – In a message on Facebook on Friday, Bob Babbage, political analyst and former Secretary of State, shared that his wife Laura is now conscious.

Laura Babbage was seriously injured in a cycling accident while vacationing in France.  The accident caused brain trauma, which doctors treated by inducing a coma, allowing the brain some time to heal itself.

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Bob Babbage says now, 9 days after the injury, she is able to respond to simple commands, though she is “by no means fully awake.”

“Our hearts are overjoyed,” continues the statement, “We know this is the beginning of a long road, and we remain hopeful for more good news… We give thanks to God and endless thanks for the many expressions of countless supportive friends.”

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7/27/16 10:44 a.m.

Laura Babbage, the Lexington woman seriously injured in a cycling accident in France, is now back in the United States and at UK Chandler Hospital.

In a Facebook post, Bob Babbage, Laura’s husband and former Secretary of State, wrote that because she had remained stable and without infection at a hospital in Grenoble, France, doctors were able to safely move her back to the U.S.  She is now in the neurosurgery trauma unit, and remains in critical condition.

Babbage shared his gratitude to the community for their thoughts and prayers.

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7/25/16 10:58 a.m.

Laura Babbage, wife of Kentucky lobbyist and former Secretary of State Bob Babbage, is in intensive care at a hospital in Grenoble, France after a cycling accident on Thursday.

According to a statement from her husband, she suffered brain trauma as a result of the accident, and is in serious, but stable, condition.

Her husband says a recent CT scan is showing small improvement.  Standard procedure for the injury is to induce a coma in the patient, allowing the brain to heal.

Bob Babbage extended his appreciation for the community support, and says he will update on her condition as new information arrives.

A vigil is being held Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Christ the King at 299 Colony Boulevard.