The Ghost Inside Guitarist Loses Toes, Singer Hopes to Walk Again After Tragic Bus Accident
Epitaph Records' The Ghost Inside have posted a few gruesome updates to their recovery following their tragic bus accident, one of which is a picture of their guitarist's foot missing some of his toes and part of the foot, and the other of the band's singer hopefully learning how to walk again.
Guitarist Zach Johnson revealed today that he had lost multiple toes on his left foot, sharing a graphic picture of the before and after surgical amputation, which you can see below. Johnson had been discharged from the hospital shortly after the New Year.
The Ghost Inside's singer Jonathan Vigil also revealed this week that he was finally able to stand for the first time since the accident, with a picture to document he captioned it that he is hopeful he'll be able to walk soon.
The horrific incident took place on November 19 near El Paso, Texas, and while most of the band survived, their two bus drivers died and most others remain in serious condition.
The band recently shared an update to their official website, stating, "The truth is, there are a lot of very serious injuries. We are dealing with badly broken legs and ankles, cracked pelvises, and fractured vertebrae that require screws, plates, rods, and careful surgery to repair. Over the last week most of these procedures have been completed very successfully, but there are still a couple more to go, and most of the guys are still in the hospital. It is yet another blessing that we are in a place with so many remarkable doctors and surgeons to make this possible."
The band's statement further stated, "It is going to be a long road for us to quite literally be back on our feet. We have many months of recovery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy ahead. For some of us, simply learning to walk again will be a monumental undertaking. For now, we must put all shows on hold and focus only on our health."
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help pay for the band's medical bills, as well as assist their families financially while the band recovers. A separate GoFundMe has been launched for the family of Greg Hoke, one of the band's bus drivers who died in the accident.
Standing on my ok foot for the first time in two and a half months. Hopefully I can walk on it in another month pic.twitter.com/aSEVULAB3k
— Jonathan Vigil (@JonathanVigil) January 28, 2016
WARNING: PHOTO MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME VIEWERS
My 5th toe was barely on my foot, didn't survive. 4th got infected. 3rd-5th toes were destroyed. Bones/vessels gone pic.twitter.com/5D0Pg0SRYV — Zach Johnson (@ZachJayDTD) January 28, 2016