Last week, it was revealed that Eyehategod singer Mike IX Williams, who we’d known was having health issues, was in pretty bad shape. Williams’ wife, Michelle Maher-Williams revealed that he needs a liver transplant. Thankfully, the metal community is a close-knit and caring bunch, and a Youcaring page set up by his wife has already raised $61,000 in a little over a week. That’s incredible, and an amazing show of support, but he’s far from out of the woods. His wife left another update today, detailing what’s wrong with her husband:
Hi everyone! I just wanted to update you on Michael’s condition. A few weeks ago, they discovered the reason that he kept bleeding internally was due to a bleeding ulcer combined with a very low clotting factor. He underwent endoscopic surgery where they put 3 clips on the ulcer to stop the bleeding. We were informed that it’s in a very fragile area prone to bleed again. Which, of course, it did. Several times. Eventually, they went in and cauterized the ulcer, hoping to put an end to the bleeding. They also worked on raising his clotting factors with medications to help do so. During this time, the results of Mike’s stress test came back positive for heart damage. His liver failure has taken a toll on his heart and he needed to undergo a procedure to repair it. He was told that he would have to be put on blood thinners and, when combined with his already low clotting ability, there was a very high risk that he could bleed out and die on the table. If he didn’t have the procedure, he’d be removed from the transplant list. There was no other choice. He had to do it.
Thankfully, there were no complications, and Michael pulled through. He has to remain on blood thinners until December 8th. Once they are out of his system, it’s transplant time! Thanks so much to all of you for helping him get this far. I dread to think where he would be without it. His deductible is paid for, as is a portion of his past due hospital bills. But we still need to cover the actual surgery, as well as this current monster of a hospital stay and his aftercare, which involves a ton of expenses. Please continue to send positive thoughts, donate and share, share, share!
Seems like he’s been through a lot, and things are going well, but if you want to see Williams get a new liver, then he still needs help. Meanwhile, theprp reports that the rest of his band have booked some benefit shows for him in New Orleans with pretty solid lineups.