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Upcoming gigs cancelled but band says he is ‘on the road to recovery’

Joe Seaward, the drummer with Glass Animals, has been sustained brain damage following a cycling accident in Dublin. The Mercury prize-nominated British band has cancelled upcoming tours but the Guardian reports he is expected to make a full recovery.

The incident occurred on July 2. In a post on Facebook, the band’s frontman Dave Bayley said: “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.”

Bayley said that neurosurgery involved reshaping part of Seaward’s 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.”

He added: “As far as we know, no other areas of his brain are severely damaged like this. He can still wiggle his fingers and twinkle his toes, and he still laughs at all my shit jokes, and demands we wake him up so he can watch the World Cup while we feed him ice cream and grapes.”

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