Year Of The Knife Share Vocalist Health Update Following Devastating Car Crash
At the end of June, the Delaware hardcore band Year Of The Knife were involved in a serious car crash in Utah that left vocalist Madi Watkins with severe trauma. Her husband and bandmate Brandon Watkins has shared an update on Madi’s status via the band’s Instagram account, noting that she is now in a “long term acute rehab facility.”
“Here they work on just about every kind of rehab you can think of, cognitive, speech, physical, etc.,” he wrote. “things are moving really fast. She’s been able to communicate to nurses periodically through different hand signs like thumbs up or three fingers out. Today she’s tracking visually looking at us and looking in my eyes. I swear she’s been mouthing B when she looks my way.”
“She’s also in an agitated state from all the pain and confusion,” Brandon continued. “The doctors say it’s just a part of waking up. It’s hard to see your loved one in pain. But things will only get better, as they have been, from here. The road ahead is a long one but we owe you all a huge thank you for keeping us going.”
Last week, Brandon shared another update from the hospital:
Our Madi has a very long journey to recovery ahead of her. She’s already had surgeries to fix her broken jaw, facial fractures, femur and ankle. The most troubling and challenging of her injuries is the trauma to her brain. It is impossible to say how long it will take for Madi to fully return to us. Healing of the human brain after severe trauma remains a mystery, and requires a patience from loved ones that is virtually impossible to achieve.
Me, mom and Michelle will remain out in Utah for the foreseeable future to see Madi through this long journey. The funds raised continue to help the family with the costs involved. We also know that insurance deductibles and costs not paid for by insurance will be enormous. Every dollar donated makes a huge difference and we are so grateful. Much love and thanks to you all!