A survivor of the car crash at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, was given a private bedside show by her favourite band while recovering in hospital. Scroll down to watch footage of the show now.
Mason Endres was one of the 23 injured in the incident in which two people were killed by a drunk driver. She is currently recovering in local hospital St David’s Medical Center after suffering a cervical spine fracture, broken nose, broken femur and severed artery.
Her injuries meant she missed the performance by her favourite band, folk act Jared And The Mill. Endres is friends with members of the band and, upon hearing what had happened, they arranged to perform for her in the hospital.
“It’s been quite a rollercoaster,” Endres’ father Dan told Statesman.com. “She’s going to be fine. There are some people out there that are not as lucky as us.” Six other patients from the crash remain hospitalized, four in serious or critical condition.
“She was on monitors when we told her that Jared was coming, and her heart rate jumped way up,” her father adds. I think the pure excitement of everything has gotten me through today. I felt better than I ever imagined I thought I would feel in a hospital.”
The driver of the vehicle which injured Endres, named by Austin Police Department as Rashad Owens, has been charged with two counts of capital murder. The names of those killed in the crash have been released. They are Steven Craenmehr, 35, from Amsterdam, who worked for the MassiveMusic music agency, and local woman Jamie Ranae West, 27. Austin Police Department have also released names of most of those injured, whose ages range from 17 to 29.
South By South West 2014 saw a performance in which Lady Gaga was suspended over a grill and later vomited on. Jay Z and Kanye West reunited The Throne for a one-off performance, Jarvis Cocker unveiled the new Pulp documentary, Neil Young announced plans for his Pono music service and Coldplay previewed tracks from their new album ‘Ghost Stories’.