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LWC Swimming alumna Paige Hampton fights COVID-19 as medical worker

By Christopher Coombs

Lindsey Wilson student-athletes battle for victory on their surface of competition during their four years with Lindsey Wilson but where do they go after their final competition.

Paige (Lewis) Hampton, a former member of the Lindsey Wilson women's swim team, has turned from competing in the pool to volunteering her time on the frontlines on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Through all of the uncertainty, frontline medical professionals like Hampton have been a light providing hope to struggling communities.

Hampton is currently in her third year of medical school at UPIKE Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM), and has been asked by the state of Kentucky to volunteer her time to those in need in both Trigg and Lyon counties in Kentucky.

"I wanted to join the COVID frontlines to help out my fellow healthcare professionals and their patients in their time of need," Hampton said. "Not only did this allow me the opportunity to help others, but it also allowed me to get experience on the frontlines of a pandemic that I hope will shape me into a better physician. "

She has spent most of her time working in crisis areas like nursing homes and non-congregate shelters for people who have tested positive and are unable to go home for one reason or another.

During her time in nursing homes, Hampton has been tasked with working 12-hour shifts. There she helps assist with activities of daily living, delivering meals and necessities, assist with medications and taking vitals of COVID positive residents. When volunteering her time with non-congregate shelters she takes on the night shift where she is on-call for emergencies that arise with the residents.

"The facility I volunteered at is normally full of laughter and open doors with the residents enjoying each other's company. To see all the doors shut and the residents asking how their friends were doing was very difficult," Hampton said of the hardest part of working the frontline. "For the residents I took care of, I was the only person they were able to see face to face unless their families were able to come and visit at their windows."

During her time with Lindsey Wilson, Hampton was a biology major who swam with Lindsey Wilson in the sprint, freestyle and backstroke disciplines before transitioning into a manager role at the tail end of her career.

"The support system that I developed at Lindsey Wilson encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone, take chances, and to work hard without giving up. That has served me well not only in my journey to medical school but in many of the opportunities that I have had during my time at KYCOM," Hampton said. "The perseverance that was instilled in me during my time at Lindsey Wilson has helped me to overcome many difficult situations, whether it is studying for a difficult test or having to push through a difficult shift."

Hampton plans on furthering her efforts in the medical field after graduation by applying for her pediatric residency.

Hampton closed by offering a bit of advice for people struggling during this global pandemic.

"This time is difficult for everyone and a support system is more important now than it has been before. Make sure to check on your family and friends and reach out if you need help," Hampton said. "We are all in this together and we will make it through this."

This story was posted on 2020-05-29 09:39:49
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2020-05-29 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Paige (Lewis) Hampton, a former member of the Lindsey Wilson women's swim team, has turned from competing in the pool to volunteering her time on the frontlines on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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