Rivers Cuomo’s Injuries From Crash Detailed

By • Dec 9th, 2009 • Category: Illness/Injury, News

More details have come out regarding the injuries Rivers Cuomo suffered in a bus crash on Sunday, December 6th.

Initially labeled as “minor” injuries, a post on Weezer’s MySpace blog on Monday, December 7th detailed more serious injuries:

“The update: Sarah went home today with the rest of the band keeping an eye on her on the flight, starting what will surely be a frustrating and painful 3-4 weeks of recovery. We all wish her the speediest of healing. She’s a very tough girl, we know she can do it. Meanwhile in the hospital, Rivers has had a much better day than yesterday. He went from being barely able to talk and open his eyes yesterday to partially sitting up, talking clearly, reading books and checking the internet, plus his color and energy seemed much brighter. And then finally in the evening he was given some good news.

To back up a bit, Rivers’ internal injuries included both a small cut on his spleen and a small puncture in his lung. An internal cut needs to be carefully monitored to see if it is healing up or not. The lung puncture was small so the lung did not fully collapse, and thus no surgery was needed for that, but it also has to be monitored carefully to avoid fluid build up. Today the doctor announced that Rivers blood pressure had stabilized, meaning the spleen was no longer leaking – it was on the mend. And his lung seemed to be gaining strength and holding up, meaning it too looks like it will mend itself with time. All this is great news so far. Plus he was given the go ahead to eat some real food again – a very positive sign!

Tomorrow the doctor says it will be time to see if Rivers can stand up again. If that goes well and his vital signs remain stable and improving, he will get to go home pretty soon! Wish him well – your positive energy and thoughts are working so far! Read more here.”

Another update was posted today, Wednesday, December 9th:

“People, in all the chaos and confusion of the accident, lettuce not forget our distinguished guitar player Brian Bell, who has a birthday today. Happy Birthday to Brian!

Brian’s biggest birthday wish is for Rivers and Sarah to have a speedy recovery. And so far, it appears he is getting his wish. Both are fighting a lot of pain, and will be for weeks – but both are making strides every day. Yesterday (Tuesday) Rivers finally made it onto his feet for the first time since the crash, going on 2 hospital hallway walks with the aid of a walker. This is a great sign, and will only lead to increased mobility and more flexability as the days proceed.

Meanwhile the docs say his insides are continuing to improve, but they have told him that while he will likely be released in the next few days, He aint getting on a plane anytime soon – too risky to his lung. So when the time comes that he is discharged, getting him back to L.A. will be an interesting adventure!

Another addendum to the crash news, in response to various comments and questions that have cropped up:

The driver of the bus, Johnny Cox was not injured in the crash – I forgot to include that in the original story. And contrary to some skeptical comments Ive seen, Mr. Cox’s actions really did make a difference – specifically, he was faced with a bus that was sliding leftward into the median of the highway, which was a fairly steep incline, and at the angle the bus was sliding, in Johnny’s words it “would have meant flipping for sure – so i wasn’t gonna let it go that way, no sir”. He put everything into getting the bus back on to the roadway, and succeeded. At that point, the bus’s momentum then took it over to the right side of the road, and JC was unable to stop it from leaving that side of the road. But the deep muddy ditch, while a dangerous place to land a bus, was definitely a safer choice than the median for sure – it was sort of a channel that grabbed the bus like a slot car and held it and stopped it once it fell in. In other words, there was no room for the bus to flip there due to the walls of the ravine holding it in place. Plus its soft base quickly stopped the bus from moving. Back over on the slanted median however, things would have been much less possible to control.

…the December Raditude Tour shows (that actually happened) will indeed be added to the Official Bootleg Series. Not sure when yet, but they will be added!”

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