Stunning and sad news … Please pray
Sunday, October 9: We are stunned to learn of the death of our dear friend Kortney Blythe Gordon, who was killed (along with Sophy, her preborn child) in an automobile accident near Macon, Georgia last night. Story here and here. Kortney was the National Field Director for Students for Life of America (SFLA), and was in Georgia to attend the Students for Life of Georgia conference that was held yesterday.
Three passengers in Kortney’s car were seriously injured. Updates on the passengers and their progress are given below.
Update, 1:00 am, Monday, October 10: SFLA staff member Jon Scharfenberger was also seriously injured in the crash. His prognosis is not good. We’ve been told that the other two passengers have regained consciousness. Updates are being posted on the SFLA Facebook page.
Update, 10:30 am, Monday, October 10: No further word on Jon. He is still in critical condition and is in the ICU. SFLA is hosting a webcast at 5:00 p.m. ET tonight for those who want to pray and offer their words of support for Kortney’s family and of encouragement for Jon. David Bereit of 40 Days for Life, Reverend Pat Mahoney of Christian Defense Coalition, and Claude Allen of Gerard Health Foundation will be on the call to lead us in prayer and discussion to honor the lives of Kortney and her daughter Sophy, and to offer words of encouragement for Jon and his family. We encourage you to join the webcast by clicking here.
Update, 2:30 pm, Monday, October 10: The other two persons injured in Saturday’s crash have been identified as Leo Buckle, President of the Students for Life group at the University of South Carolina, and Ginny Stone, a pro-life activist from a pregnancy center in Durham, NC. Ginny’s condition has been upgraded to stable. Both Leo and Ginny are expected to live, although they have sustained extremely serious internal injuries requiring extensive surgery.
No further word about Jon, except that he is in extremely critical condition.
More details about the accident have been published. According to a press report, Quenby Means Jr., 56, of Irmo, SC, was southbound on Eatonton Highway (US 129), about 8 miles north of Gray Ga., when he attempted to pass two cars in his SUV. He crashed head-on into Kortney’s northbound SUV. Kortney and her passengers were on their way home from the Georgia Students for Life conference in Macon.
Update, 4:00 pm, Monday, October 10: Jon’s condition is worsening. We are told it will take a miracle for him to last until tomorrow. Please pray for this awesome young man.
Update, 8:30 am, Tuesday, October 11: We’ve learned that, as of last night, Jon had pulled out of the steep decline that was reported yesterday. His condition has leveled off, which is a good news, but Jon still has a long way to go. SFLA is asking for prayer and fasting. A special time of prayer is requested at noon today and every day for the next 10 days (link).
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