Former Harpeth Hall student dies of brain hemorrhage

(Courtesy: The Lowe Family)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A former Harpeth Hall student died suddenly Tuesday after suffering from a brain hemorrhage.

Margaret Lowe was just 21 years old when she died while on a run at the University of Virginia.

“She’ll never be married, she’ll never have children,” said Dr. Sandy Lowe, Margaret Lowe’s mother. “My heart is broken. My heart is shattered,” she continued.

Dr. Whitson Lowe, Margaret Lowe’s father, said “Your face goes numb. You turn white.”

Margaret Lowe
Margaret Lowe

Lowe graduated from Harpeth Hall three years ago and was just one year away from finishing college at UVA. She was a classics major with the goal of becoming a doctor like her parents.

Her nickname was “Sunshine.”

“People called her sunshine because she had this infectious joy about her,” said Sandy Lowe.

Three days after returning back to class at UVA she was running on the tack and had a brain aneurysm rupture. Her mom said there were barely any signs.

According to Dr. Ajay Shukla, a neurologist with TriStar Skyline Medical Center, brain aneurysms are rare. He said if you have recurring headaches, usually described as “a headache of a lifetime,” especially accompanied by dizziness, weakness, and numbness see a neurologist immediately.

“She treated her body as her temple. She ate well, she exercised vigorously, she slept,” said Sandy Lowe.

“She had headaches. She had had a work up done by neurologist 4 years ago and there was nothing really found,” she continued.

Her parents rushed to the hospital in Virginia on Monday. The next day Margaret Lowe passed away. Her parents found out she donated her organs.

“She went on to help six to eight individuals,” said Sandy Lowe.

Her parents said helping people was a theme in her life. She was involved in many charities.

“Her passion was for children and her passion was for the homeless,” said Sandy Lowe, adding “she had done a lot, as much as most people do in 80 years in her 21.”

Three weeks ago the honor student finished riding her bike across the country with the organization “Bike and Build.”

“They would work with local organizations that provided affordable housing,” said Whitson Lowe.

Her visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5. at West End United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

She will be buried at her family’s grave site in Cookeville at 2 p.m.

The family is asking in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Camp Kesem or Bike and Build.

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