THERE’S NO DOUBT that Dublin City is a terrifying and very dangerous place to cycle.
Week after week, we are seeing cyclists sustaining serious injuries and losing their lives on Irish roads, and despite that, little is being done to accommodate them.
Last week, Glass Animals drummer Joe Seaward was one of the latest individuals to become seriously injured after attempting to cycle through Dublin.
In a statement on Instagram, the band detailed the injuries Joe sustained in his recent accident. The band, who recently performed at Forbidden Fruit in Kilmainham, wrote:
Last Monday my best friend, and our drummer Joe, was hit by a truck while on his bike here in Dublin. His leg was broken on impact and he became tangled in the truck’s trailer where his skull suffered a complex fracture. Miraculously, and thankfully, he is alive.
After a couple of long operations he is now on the road to recovery. It’s going to be a long, difficult, and winding road, but knowing how determined Joe is, and seeing how much his body has recovered already in the past 10 days, I am so optimistic that he will make it back to his cheeky old self.
Glass Animals front-man Dave Bayley informed fans that Joe had been under general anaesthetic twice since the accident for both neurosurgery and surgery on his broken leg.
The neurosurgery consisted of reshaping part of his skull that had collapsed and been compressed into the brain by the weight of the truck’s trailer. The operation was successful, but the collapsed skull had bruised and damaged the area of the brain responsible for speech. Initially Joe was only able to get out one word… ‘I’… But each day, he is finding more.
Dave also told fans that at present, they are not aware whether or not any other parts of Joe’s brain have been seriously damaged and that he has movement in his toes and fingers which is a promising sign. On top of that, he’s still laughing at jokes and wants to be woken up when the World Cup is on.
Finally, Dave told fans that all remaining shows this year will have to be cancelled.
Joe’s injuries are highly unlikely to heal in time to make any of them. I wish more than anything that this accident hadn’t happened and that Joe was ok and that we would still be coming to hang with you all, but life has thrown something horribly sad and unexpected at us, and we need to do everything in our power to conquer it and get Joe back on his feet.
I sincerely hope you understand. We will be back as soon as we can, and stronger than ever.
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