Chi Cheng took a major stride towards his recovery when he lifted his legs upon request. Meanwhile, his bandmates enter the studio to work on a new album.
Posted on Feb 08, 2012 03:04 pm
Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who woke from a coma last May after a serious car crash in 2008, has been making further progress towards his recovery.
A video posted to YouTube, which you can see below, shows the bassist lifting his leg - a huge milestone, considering his previous state.
Chi was not wearing a seatbelt when he crashed at 60mph in 2008. He remained in a "serious but stable" condition until May 2011, when he was taken out of an intensive care unit.
His family and friends have been raising money for his treatment on One Love For Chi. Reports suggest that his family's insurance company cut off his coverage early in the treatment, forcing them to organise benefit shows and auctions of Deftones merchandise.
The remaining band members were keen not to replace Cheng, and continue to pray for his full recovery so he can re-join the band. However, former Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega was hired as a temporary replacement so the band could continue to record and perform. Cheng had previously given Vega his blessing to stand-in as bassist during an illness in 1999.
An album named "Eros" which was being recorded with Cheng was put on hold after his accident.
"As we neared completion on 'Eros', we realized that this record doesn't best encompass and represent who we are currently as people and as musicians," read a statement on the Deftones website at the time. "Although those songs will see the light of day at some point, we collectively made the decision that we needed to take a new approach."
The new approach became "Diamond Eyes", which was released in May 2010. The band are believed to be recording their newest record in Hollywood.
Please join UG in wishing Chi Cheng a speedy and painless recovery.