Long Island Metal Favorites guitarist Moon Tooth hospitalized after multiple seizures
Nick Lee, guitarist of Long Island metal band Moon Toothwas hospitalized and put into an induced coma after suffering a series of seizures.
The band detailed Lee’s condition in a statement shared Friday, July 29, a week after filing a show at New York’s Gramercy Theater, citing an unspecified emergency at the time. While the group had hoped that things would return to normal and that Lee would be able to deal with the situation on his own, moon tooth admitted, “[S]Things quickly got worse.
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The band said Lee showed up to rehearsal last Thursday, July 21, feeling “exhausted… foggy and confused for the past 24 hours.” As the band was getting together, Lee had a seizure, fell and hit his head on a bass drum. Fortunately, the group tracked him down moments after it happened and called an ambulance to take him to hospital. however, Lee had suffered a second seizure by the time paramedics arrived.
Lee’s condition worsened in the hospital, according to Moon Tooth: “He suffered from seizures every night to the point where he had to be intubated and basically put into a medically induced coma to give his body a chance to heal. Doctors continue to run many tests to properly diagnose Nick while keeping him as stable as possible in order to heal. The cause of all this still remains unclear, and a very confusing situation because it came out of nowhere.
Moon Tooth noted that Lee had no history of medical issues and said that outside of “touring life”, he maintained a healthy lifestyle: “We’ve all seen him running, climbing and jumping on stages all over the country, occasional yoga, hiking, etc.
Of course, with a long hospital stay and long-awaited recovery, Moon Tooth noted the guitarist’s rising medical bills. They started a GoFundMe Campaign “to get a head start on the matter, so he can focus on his health and get back to normal without the stress and burden of a huge amount of debt piled against him.”
“We know it’s hard to digest, but we’ll all get through this together,” the band said. “Moon Tooth is family, and we will do whatever it takes to take care of each other. We love you, we are here for you, and as always, we greatly appreciate your support.
Read Moon Tooth’s full letter below.
moon tooth family,
It’s been a week since we announced that we had to drop the Cave In show at the Gramercy Theater due to an emergency. Although not very detailed, we had an intense and honestly terrifying experience with one of our members. We were hoping that by then everything would be back to “normal” and that Nick Lee would be able to deal with the situation and explain everything to you on his own. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality right now. It’s not easy to write this, and there’s no way to sugarcoat the situation, so we’re just going with honesty.
On Thursday afternoon (July 21), we got together to rehearse and prepare for the next evening’s show. Nick sounded like himself but mentioned how exhausted he was and how a little hazy and confused he had been for the past 24 hours. We agreed to rotate the set but finish early so he could rest and sleep. As we were setting up our gear, we were going in and out of rooms in the studio and at one point Nick fell and hit his head. Scrolling through security camera footage after the fact, we learned that Nick had had a seizure and fell, hitting his head against a bass drum. We found him moments after it happened and immediately called an ambulance to rush him to the nearest hospital. By the time paramedics arrived, he had suffered a second seizure.
Here we are a week later, and unfortunately things have gotten worse. He suffered from seizures every night to the point where he had to be intubated and essentially placed in a medically induced coma to give his body a chance to heal. Doctors continue to run many tests to properly diagnose Nick while keeping him as stable as possible in order to heal. The cause of all this still remains unclear and a very confusing situation as it came out of nowhere. Nick has absolutely no history of medical issues like these. Aside from the routine of touring life, Nick lives as healthy a lifestyle as anyone. We’ve all seen him run, climb, and jump on stages all over the country, occasionally do yoga, hike, and more.
Nick’s fiancée, Lianna, and her family have been by his side all week. Provide as much love and comfort as humanly possible. Keep us posted as we all continue to navigate this whole ordeal.
If you’ve had a chance to know Nick, you know he was always loving, compassionate and would do anything he could to care for his friends and family. Whatever the situation, he would always be there to talk and lean on to offer whatever support and comfort he could. We cannot put into words how much Nick has done for the three of us, how he has continued to inspire us and push us to our greatest potential. Nick lives and breathes for what we do and has impacted the lives of many with his love and art.
Now is the time to help our brother. As doctors and hospitals continue to try to determine the causes of his symptoms and return him to normal health, the medical bills are piling up. It may take a while to recover as we get even more details. We wanted to start this country to get a head start on the matter, so he can focus on his health and get back to normal without the stress and burden of a huge amount of debt piled against him.
We know it’s hard to digest, but we’ll all get through it together. Moon Tooth is a family and we will do whatever it takes to take care of each other. We love you, we’re here for you, and as always, we greatly appreciate your support.
-Wine, John and Ray
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