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The Ghost Inside guitarist to undergo multiple surgeries

Posted by on August 9, 2016

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If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we’ve been closely monitoring what’s happening with The Ghost Inside’s recovery since their tragic tour bus accident last year. There’s been terrible updates regarding the painful healing process they’ve been going through like frontman Jonathan Vigil’s bone infection or  the loss of drummer Andrew Tkaczyk’s leg but there’s also good news like Tkaczyk’s rehab which allowed him to sit on the kit once again.

Now, it’s guitarist Zach Johnson, who lost some of his toes during the accident and was told he require additional treatment for his unhealed femur. The news is now coming three fold, as Johnson was told that he’d require three more surgeries to complete his recovery.

During a recent post on his Instagram, Johnson explained in detail all the surgeries he still needs to undergo, by posting the following:

Recieved an update on my femur today. And I can’t lie, I’m fucking devastated. My bone hasn’t healed at all, how this slipped under the radar is beyond me. But as I’ve been told, that’s “the medical system.” So here’s what’s happening: 1. I will be put back into the hospital for at least a week. Where two surgeries will happen. The first will be taking bone from my left femur via my knee (so now my left knee will have problems as well). And then they will fully redo my ENTIRE right femoral surgery. Replacing everything, re-slicing everything. After those two surgeries I’ll be released, but 100 steps backwards. 2. I have a hernia in my abdomen, this could’ve been taken care of months ago. But due to “the system,” it hasn’t. Explains my constant stomach pain and issues. So I’ll be having surgery on that as well. 3. After all of these I will re-start physical therapy. Last week I finally got my right knee to “normal” range of motion. I’ll have even more pain than normal, and have to work even harder to get life back to as close as normal. One nice (I suppose) thing is I can choose when this happens. Sooner than later obviously though. I appreciate all the love and support. This just straight up fucking sucks. It won’t break my spirit, but it undoubtedly has put a huge dent in it. Three more surgeries to go now.

As we have mention before, we have the utmost respect for each and every member of The Ghost Inside for pushing through this horrible event. Their attitude has always been positive and you can see that even Johnson isn’t too concerned about it, as he’s been enjoying some time with Slipknot and some range shooting.

 

 

The Ghost Inside is planning to get back on stage as soon as humanly possible and have already scheduled their first appearance on 2017’s Vans Warped Tour which you should definitely go to if you have the chance. They definitely deserve all the support they can get.

 

Recieved an update on my femur today. And I can’t lie, I’m fucking devastated. My bone hasn’t healed at all, how this slipped under the radar is beyond me. But as I’ve been told, that’s “the medical system.” So here’s what’s happening: 1. I will be put back into the hospital for at least a week. Where two surgeries will happen. The first will be taking bone from my left femur via my knee (so now my left knee will have problems as well). And then they will fully redo my ENTIRE right femoral surgery. Replacing everything, re-slicing everything. After those two surgeries I’ll be released, but 100 steps backwards. 2. I have a hernia in my abdomen, this could’ve been taken care of months ago. But due to “the system,” it hasn’t. Explains my constant stomach pain and issues. So I’ll be having surgery on that as well. 3. After all of these I will re-start physical therapy. Last week I finally got my right knee to “normal” range of motion. I’ll have even more pain than normal, and have to work even harder to get life back to as close as normal. One nice (I suppose) thing is I can choose when this happens. Sooner than later obviously though. I appreciate all the love and support. This just straight up fucking sucks. It won’t break my spirit, but it undoubtedly has put a huge dent in it. Three more surgeries to go now.

A photo posted by Zach Johnson (@zachjaydtd) on

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