Andrew Tkaczyk had his right leg amputated following accident last year
Andrew Tkaczyk of The Ghost Inside has shared footage of himself getting behind a drum kit for the first time since losing a leg in a bus crash last year.
As previously reported, Tkaczyk had his right leg amputated below the knee after the metalcore band’s their tour bus was involved in a collision with a truck as they travelled from Texas to Phoenix. Both their driver and the driver of the other vehicle were killed in the crash.
Tkaczyk was released from hospital last month and is undergoing physiotherapy. He has uploaded a video of himself playing drums, along with the caption: “Today was a huge baby step. I sat behind a drum kit for the first time since the accident, and it felt incredible. Every encouraging word and support from you all has gotten me to this point.”
“Thank you all so much for being on my side on this journey, it means more than words can describe,” he added.
Earlier this month (March 9), Tkaczyk posted the video on Instagram of himself walking for the first time. In the post he wrote: “Strengthening that ankle and calf muscles. One day at a time. Be strong.”
In addition to losing the use of his right leg, the drummer also suffered rib and hip fractures, spinal damage and a minor head injury as well as damage to his hands and shoulder in the crash.
Bandmate Jonathan Vigil, frontman of the band, is also back walking after the accident. He lost several teeth in the crash and will undergo an operation on his right knee and ankle. Guitarist Zach Johnson lost two toes in the accident.
A GoFundMe fundraising campaign was set up for the band following the accident, which has seen more than $150,000 (£105,000) pledged.
It was recently announced that the band will play the Vans Warped Tour in 2017.