Jesse walking on sunshine after ‛miracle’ fightback from broken neck
A lead singer who landed in hospital with a broken neck after a crash said yesterday doctors had dubbed him “a walking miracle” because of his fast recovery.
Jesse Seymour, who turned 32 this month, posted online: “I’m still here – I’m able to walk.”
Mr Seymour’s band Silver City feared the worst after they heard of his motorcycle crash last Sunday.
Felix Tod, who plays keyboards, said: “When we heard he was able to move his arms and legs and he was talking, then like everybody else we were hugely relieved.
“There are thousands of people from all walks of life rooting for him.”
Mr Tod, who makes up the trio with guitarist Ben Payne, added: “We got through the lockdown together – we will get through this together.”
He said the group was optimistic Mr Seymour could be out of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by next week.
Mr Tod added: “We’re wishing Jesse a speedy recovery, but we understand he may need to be out for quite some time.”
But Mr Tod said the show would go on – despite Mr Seymour’s need for recuperation.
He added: “The singer Joy Barnum is stepping up to take Jesse’s place until such time that he can return.
“We don’t know how long the road to recovery is, but we will be supporting him in any way we can in the meantime.”
Ms Barnum said yesterday she was happy to be asked to stand in with the band.
She added Mr Seymour’s good news showed he was “a phenomenal human”.
Mr Tod said the injury had been a blow after Silver City had at last been able to get back to live performances.
Mr Seymour told The Royal Gazette in April it was “frustrating” to see the island in the throes of a fresh outbreak of Covid-19 cases.
He said the band was keen to return to the stage, with gigs planned at Café Lido at the Elbow Beach Hotel in Paget.
Mr Tod added: “It’s sad for us, because we put together this new band during the pandemic, selling out places like Lido.
“Jesse was coming into his own as leader of the band. He was doing a lot for his family. We really want to see him return and excel.”
The serious injury came at a difficult time for Mr Seymour’s family, as his mother, Jennifer, battled cancer earlier this year.
The family was left with big medical bills because Ms Seymour’s insurance did not cover her treatment overseas.
Mr Tod said Mr Seymour was “a wonderful guy”.
He added: “Silver City was our lockdown project. I was writing to Jesse last Sunday to tell him how proud I was to see him stepping up his game to a sell-out crowd at the Lido.
“I wrote to him also today to tell him that I will hold the fort for him until he’s ready to return to the stage.
“He’s a fighter with so much vocal talent and a great guy to be around.
“I can’t wait for the day I see him on stage again and I’m sure many other people feel the same.”
Mr Seymour used his Instagram page yesterday to thank the public for its support.
He added: “All y’all’s prayers brought me through.
“I can’t thank y’all enough.”