Baroness Bus Crash Victim Faced Amputation

Baroness bus crash victim John Baizley faced having his arm amputated following the horror accident that saw the band's vehicle plunging 30ft off a bridge.

Baroness Bus Crash Victim Faced Amputation
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Baroness bus crash victim John Baizley faced having his arm amputated following the horror accident that saw the band's vehicle plunging 30ft off a bridge. As ClassicRockMagazine reports, the drama took place in England in a heavy rainstorm after the bus brakes failed, and put the entire US band and their driver in hospital. Last week guitarist Baizley, who remains in a wheelchair, recounted the "horrible silent goodbye" he and the driver shared as they realised the crash was inevitable. Now he's revealed a planned three-hour operation lasted nearly three times as long while doctors fought to make sense of the bone fragments remaining in his left arm. He tells Metal Sucks: "My surgeons did an incredible job I can tell they even pleased themselves. The day before surgery we were talking about amputation or not having any use of my hands. "Essentially the upper bone in my arm was turned into dust. They couldn't tell what fragments went where, everything was so misplaced. What was supposed to be a three-hour surgery ended being an eight-hour surgery. The doctors were telling my wife and my mother that the didn't know what was going on, it would be another hour, another hour and everyone was getting really worried. "When I woke up they asked if I could make a fist, and it was no problem they were happy. The were surprised with what I had been left with, but unsurprised with what I had not been left with: feeling on the top of most of my arm. I can't feel a thing there and probably won't ever. "There's a constant electric pain in my hand. It's not an easy thing to deal with, but by comparison to no arm or a useless hand, sure bring the pain on." Baizley is continuing with physical therapy and reports his bandmates are well on their way to recovery. But he says emotional convalescence is as important as feeling better physically. "I have to remain optimistic I have to, or I don't think I'm likely to see anything improve dramatically. I'd like to say we'll be back as soon as we're physically capable. That will be a huge component in becoming mentally okay again. "It's like having a fear of flying: there's no way to stay on the ground and deal completely with your fear. You have to approach it, engage it and overcome it - and not without some pain. "If one of the after-effects of this is we all have reservations about touring or traveling by bus or whatever, if there's some creative inhibitions or some fears about who we are and what we do or our worth as a band, the only way we can get tabs on that again is by touring."

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    Raven_Flight
    Phew, close one. Must be specially hard to loose an arm when you love playing an instrument.
    bornIIhula
    Not only that, he's a graphic designer. Imagine the Baroness & Torche & other bands' artworks on future releases if he didn't have the use of his arm! I don't know whether he's left handed or not... but still. If he were left handed & lost his left arm that'd be heartbreaking.
    vikkyvik
    Best wishes to him, and the following is said completely light-heartedly: I laughed a bit after reading the article, when I saw one of the previous headlines: Baroness: 'Take My Bones Away' Video Released
    ryanjay
    "There's a constant electric pain in my hand. It's not an easy thing to deal with, but by comparison to no arm or a useless hand, sure bring the pain on." so much respect for that. wish all of baroness well in their recoveries
    TombOfHorror
    But what remains to be seen is if he'll recover full use of his left hand. He said he has a 'constant elctric pain' in his hand- I hope that subsides, and I hope that there isn't any permanent loss of manual dexterity as a result.
    AdriAn934
    Not only is his arm needed to play guitar, he is also and artist. He drew all the Baroness album covers which are beautiful, as well as other bands album art. I'm not sure if he hurt his left or right arm but that is another thing to think of when reading this. I'll be hoping for a full recovery
    Uncle Manwich
    Although he's lucky he still has his arm, this is still a real shame. I hope everything turns out for the best.
    Alcofuel
    It's good that they're recovering. That would be horrible to lose a limb anyway, but especially as a musician.
    Braykah
    At first I misread the headline as that John was actually awaiting amputation of his arm, was panicking a bit before I read the whole article... still very scary how close it actually was, it must be devastating just preparing yourself for the possibility to lose an arm as a guitarist and musician, in the middle of touring on top of that. All the best of hopes and wishes to John, Baroness and the other victims of the crash to be able to recover soon.
    travislausch
    I read the full description of the accident. One of the most chilling and real things I ever read. I felt like I was experiencing it with him. This man is my hero of the year.
    mastodude13
    John is my hero. Its a miracle he can still use his arm. If you havent read the whole story on their website go do that, its amazing.