DEVELOPING STORY: Franciscan senior in critical condition following crash

BY JORDAN OTERO
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Amanda LoomanA Franciscan University of Steubenville senior remains in critical condition following a car accident in Dayton on Oct. 13.

Amanda Looman was involved in a head-on collision that left her with a broken ankle, forearm, wrist and kneecap, as well as fluid around her brain. Family and friends have set up a GiveForward.com fundraiser to help raise money to pay medical bills.

The last update was posted Oct. 20 by Bailey Sickles. According to the update, Amanda “was weaned off of her BP and sedation meds and was doing well until about 4 p.m.” that day. At that time, “her ICP pressure rose again and she was started back on neo for her BP and was started back on sedation medication.”

“We don’t know what is going to happen next,” wrote Sickles. “Amanda needs everyone’s prayers, please keep her in your thoughts.”

On Oct. 19, Amanda’s mother, Debra Looman-Van Camp, posted an update.

“It’s been baby steps, but I’ll take it as long as she continues to go in the right direction,” she wrote. “Please continue to keep her in your prayers.”

UPDATE: 3:57 p.m., Oct. 21 – Contrary to information circulated around campus, Amanda Looman remains in critical condition. Students reported that at the 12:05 p.m. Mass on Monday, it was announced that Looman had passed away. A special student life bulletin was sent to all students’ campus email address at 2:54 p.m. discrediting the claims.

Contrary to what you may have heard, Amanda Looman has not passed away,” the bulletin reads. “Amanda, a Franciscan University of Steubenville senior, was in a very serious automobile accident on October 13, and since that time has been in an out-of-town hospital. Please keep Amanda and her family in your prayers.”

Additionally, another update was published Oct. 21 by Kaylin Parks on the GiveForward.com fundraiser, saying that while Looman is in “extremely critical condition” following a stroke Sunday night, she “is currently still fighting.” 

She is still currently on the ventilator and is still here with us,” Parks said. “Knowing she is such a strong girl, we hope she continues fighting like she always has. Amanda is not one to give up and never has been.”

UPDATE: 8:24 a.m., Oct. 22 – A new update was posted to the GiveForward.com fundraiser site by Baily Sickles on behalf of Amanda Looman’s mother, Debra Looman-Van Camp. There is no time stamp on the post, but it is dated Oct. 21. 

“Day 8 , As you may or may not know, the neurosurgeon feels Amanda suffered a stroke last night, the pressures in her brain are severely high and not sustainable for life as we know her,” the post reads. “Amanda would be overwhelmed with the support and love from everyone as we are. It’s in God’s hands now, and one day we will all be with Amanda again. Always keep her in your heart as we know she has touched the heart’s of many.”

The University has not released any information or statements regarding Looman’s condition.

UPDATE: 7:51 a.m., Oct. 23 – Amanda Looman passed away on the evening of Oct. 22 in a Dayton, Ohio hospital. A time of death has not been specified.

Another update dated Oct. 22 was made to the GiveForward.com fundraiser site, labeled as “a final update from Debbie,” Looman’s mother.

“Tonight…God decided to take Amanda by His hand and guide her to His home,” it reads. “Although she was in our lives for only 21 years, she brought us so much joy and happiness. We will always keep her close to our hearts. She will be giving the gift of life to so many people for she is an organ donor. Those were her wishes. Please hold those you love close. Thank you for the overwhelming love, support, and prayers.”

Social media flooded with posts remembering Looman as a “riot,” a “crazy, fun-loving girl,” a “sweetheart” and “always smiling.” Many friends shared memories of traveling with Looman while abroad in Austria, of Looman’s time in the sorority, Theta Phi Alpha and of playing with or even against Looman on the athletic field.

“You took everything life had to give and made more of it,” Michael Mahoney wrote on Facebook. “You made everything you came into contact with into a positive adventure. You made me and everyone else that you touched into a better person.”

There have been no specified plans for a memorial service on campus. Kaylin Parks said on the fundraiser site that donations will continue to be collected. 

This is a developing story. Check back with The Troubadour for updates.

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