November 25, 2012 12:54

Deftones' Chi Cheng's family consider stem cell therapy to aid recovery

Former bassist is said to be still in a "partially conscious state" four years on from car accident

Deftones' Chi Cheng's family consider stem cell therapy to aid recovery

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Former Deftones bassist Chi Cheng's family are considering stem cell therapy to aid his recovery from a car accident which put him in a coma in 2008.

Cheng is said to be in a "partially conscious state" and is unable to speak, although he can move his legs on command. The bassist has been in and out of hospitals over the past four years and only got home to recover in June this year.

Now, according to Revolver Magazine, the family is considering alternative therapy in order to speed up Cheng's recovery, as they say the last few months have been a struggle for him.

His brother, Ming Cheng, said: "Once his health gets a little better, we'll start looking into other options... but they don't even do it [stem cell therapy] in the US yet.

"It's a miracle he's still with us," he added. "He's alive and kicking and he's fighting, and I think there's a reason for it. I'm hoping there's a light at the end of the tunnel for Chi."

Deftones released their new album 'Koi No Yokan' on November 12. You can stream the new record, which features 'Entomb (Dazzle)', 'Swerve City', 'Graphic Nature', 'Goon Squad' and 'Leathers', below.

The band tour the UK in 2013. They will play five dates, kicking off at Glasgow's Barrowland on February 15, before heading to Nottingham, Manchester, Birmingham and finishing at London's 02 Brixton Academy (20).



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