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Prayer vigil held for Evelyn Lowery

ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the general public held a prayer vigil Saturday in support of Evelyn Lowery, the wife of civil rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery.

Family members said Evelyn Lowery was hospitalized Wednesday and was in critical condition after suffering from a massive stroke.

The prayer vigil was held at the SCLC's headquarters on Auburn Avenue NE in Atlanta.

"Hopefully, this is just a rest, and she'll be back in her feet very soon," said Carletta Sims, an SCLC member.

Since Wednesday, she has been under the constant care of medical experts at a local hospital.

The family released the following statement Saturday afternoon regarding Evelyn Lowery's condition:

"After many consultations with top medical experts, the Lowery family is saddened to learn that the stroke suffered by our beloved Evelyn has caused irreversible damage. As a family of faith, we remain by her side in constant prayer, knowing that God is in control, while also fully understanding her medical condition and that the team of experts have done all that they can do."

"Though she remains in critical condition, we are blessed that she is still with us. We have been touched by the outpouring of expressions of love and support from across the country, and we ask for the community's continued prayers at this very difficult time," said Joseph Lowery.

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