Deftones' Chi Cheng's Family Consider Stem Cell Therapy To Aid Recovery

Former bassist is said to be still in a "partially conscious state" four years on from car accident.

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Former Deftones bassist Chi Cheng's family are considering stem cell therapy to aid his recovery from a car accident which put him in a coma in 2008.

Cheng is said to be in a "partially conscious state" and is unable to speak, although he can move his legs on command. The bassist has been in and out of hospitals over the past four years and only got home to recover in June this year.

The family is considering alternative therapy in order to speed up Cheng's recovery, as they say the last few months have been a struggle for him.

According to NME, his brother, Ming Cheng, said: "Once his health gets a little better, we'll start looking into other options... but they don't even do it (stem cell therapy) in the US yet.

"It's a miracle he's still with us," he added.

"He's alive and kicking and he's fighting, and I think there's a reason for it. I'm hoping there's a light at the end of the tunnel for Chi."

Deftones released their new album "Koi No Yokan" on November 12.

The band tour the UK in 2013. They will play five dates, kicking off at Glasgow's Barrowland on February 15, before heading to Nottingham, Manchester, Birmingham and finishing at London's 02 Brixton Academy (20).

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    If anyone can, please make an effort to support the band because they do donate a lot of their proceeds to Chi and his family. Pick up their new album, catch them at a gig, buy some merchandise. "Koi No Yokan" is amazing so check it out. Any little bit helps.
    enitrebua "If anyone can, please make an effort to support the band because they do donate a lot of their proceeds to Chi and his family. Pick up their new album, catch them at a gig, buy some merchandise. "Koi No Yokan" is amazing so check it out. Any little bit helps."
    My Last Words
    A moment of silence please for yet another casualty, victimized by the absence of the mighty edit button.
    The phrase 'alive and kicking' is surprisingly apt in this case...
    Please, please, please, give stem cell medication the good name it deserves and do it.
    I'm sure it'll never happen in America, it's too controversial a topic to the "every life is precious" crowd.
    That's not true. Ever since we've streamlined IPS, it's not really an issue anymore. There's no reason to kill unborn babies for stem cells, except maybe for cost right now,(but then again, maybe not due to infalted prices from legal problems.)
    They also never killed unborn babies for stem cells. The fetuses would already be there and would always be there from unrelated abortions. They just wanted to put them to good use, in a sense. Now they can get stem cells from living adults with no harm done, and they are more effective than the stem cells that are in a fetus.
    Praying: God's plan was to put Chi in the hospital, apparently, but let's try and talk him out of it. Hoping earthly science pulls through to the best of its abilities.
    GS LEAD 5
    I wonder if anyone here has heard Dream Theater's "The Great Debate"? Kind of relevant... On a serious note, hope he recovers- not a pleasant thing to happen to anyone.
    Exactly, dude. "The Great Debate" was the first thing that came to my mind when I read "stem cell". Anyhow, like millions of others out there, I hope and pray for Chi Cheng's recovery.
    Not a Deftones fan, but this must be a nightmare for his family and his former bandmates - really hope he eventually pulls through this so all their efforts have a happy ending.
    They don't even need to get stem cells from aborted fetuses anymore, so this shouldn't even be an issue in the states. I really wish there wasn't such pointless controversy surrounding the issue, the things they can do with stem cells are amazing. I hope Chi continues to recover, even if it is slow.
    Being able to move his legs on command bars him from the whole "brain dead" thing. I think he'll make a full recovery given the right treatment. Brains don't always heal on their own. I don't if they've been trying soft music much but science has shown music does have a healing effect on the brains. Enough to replace any tissue/brain stem? Ehhhh, one way to find out right? Stem cells may very well be the cure he's been waiting on. None of us have been in coma's, for all we know he doesn't even know he's in one. Maybe its just felt like a dream and he's peaceful. Studies for DMT show that could be a total possibility. Time will tell. Until then, God Bless.
    Can't find an edit button..don't know if there is one. Anyways. *brain (singluar) *I don't know (grammar fail) *Coma* wtf, Zach? Wtf. ^
    The 'moving his legs' thing is a bit misunderstood. They are able to move his legs with electrical impulses, which means there are still good connections from the brain to the limbs, but he has in no way consciously moved his legs when asked verbally, that is not what 'on command' entitles. I really wish the best for Chi but its not the best of situations.
    Thanks to the christian right-wing influence on the republican party here in the US, no stem cell research had been done at all during the eight years of the Bush administration. Fortunately, the conservative repression of stem cell research has been ousted since Obama has been in office. Funny how the religious right cares so much about the unborn, but don't care at all about helping people with stem cells.
    I really really hate to say this, because I love that man so much, but it's been 4 years, he's had the best medical treatment and is still in a very bad way. I don't think he is going to recover to a level where he has good quality of life... I do wonder whether this is how he would want to live...
    Josh Reubenking
    I wish the best recovery for Chi. Not too familiar with Deftones, but it's always hard when a friend, bandmate, family member, etc. goes through something like this. I'm happy to hear Chi is still alive. I hope he gets well.
    Fly him overseas and get this done!
    That is what I thought too, take him for treatment in a country where the mystery man in the sky doesn't crush rational thoughts.
    I am a huge Deftones fan and i looked up to Chi when he was part of the band, so i do not say this lightly, but this whole situation is starting to feel a little cruel now. I can not imagine how hard this has been for his family and the rest of the band but it just feels wrong to continue all this treatment, he's be out for so long that even if he 'comes around' he is going to be medically brain dead. Its a cruel reality and it seems like a selfish solution but i know if i was in Chi's position i wouldnt want to wake up to that life.
    I bought their new CD and also pre-ordered the new album on vinyl which will complete my Deftones studio vinyl discography.