The Ghost Inside Singer Jonathan Vigil Diagnosed with Bone Infection in Ankle
If you’re having trouble keeping track of all the injuries the members of The Ghost Inside suffered after their bus crash in November, and their various states of recovery, you can be forgiven: the crash was completely devastating, and the scope of the injuries these four men sustained is mind boggling. Here’s a quick recap of where everyone currently stands, as best we know:
Andrew Tkaczyk (drums): Lost a leg from the knee down, sustained fractures in his ribs, spine, and hip and had tears in the rotator cuff and labrum of his shoulder. Was in a coma for 10 days following the accident. Recently posted video of himself standing on one foot in rehab.
Zach Johnson (guitar): Unspecified injuries to his feet, legs and hip, resulting in eight surgeries, followed by another surgery to amputate to two toes.
Jonathan Vigil (vocals): Fractured neck vertebrae, wounds on back and face, skin graft on right elbow, broken teeth and two broken ankles. Posted footage in February of himself learning to walk again.
Jim Riley (bass): Has been mum on the extent of his injuries, but the fact that he was the one to post an update on behalf of the band just two days after the crash would suggest that he (hopefully!) was the luckiest of the bunch.
The latest update comes from Vigil, who has suffered an unfortunate setback in his recovery: he’s developed a bone infection in one of his ankles, and will require six weeks of treatment to clear that up before surgery can resume. As has been the theme of this recovery for all of the members — or at least the one that’s being portrayed publicly — Vigil is REMARKABLY upbeat despite the setback, and seems determined to push through without letting the bad news get him down. Via his Instagram:
As it turns out my ankle bone is infected. So twice a day, for six weeks, I have to get antibiotics put into an IV in my arm before I can start my other surgeries. I know it could be a lot worse because I’m alive and not paralyzed, hence the smile on my face. Minor setbacks happen to everyone and I need to stay positive through it all. That’s what the people closest to me keep reminding me of. Also, I know I lost a lot of weight in the accident so if you’ll notice I’m trying to eat pizza to get it all back haha. It’s not working whatsoever lol
A Gofundme page set up by MetalSucks’ own Brian Storm to help cover The Ghost Inside’s medical bills has raised over $150,000 to date, although it’s now abundantly clear that that amount won’t even begin to cover their medical treatment; they probably blew right through it in a matter of days. The Gofundme drive is still open, so please give what you can. Epitaph Records is also giving all proceeds from the sale of the band’s material directly to them without the label taking any cut, so please buy some of their music as well. Every little bit helps.
[via The PRP]