Chi Cheng, bassist for the rock band ”Deftones,” is still in a coma, but responds to reflex tests.
Cheng suffered serious injuries from a car accident that happened in Santa Ana, California, last week. Doctors treating the bassist say they are hopeful the musician will make a full recovery.
A recent post from Deftone’s studio blog reads, “This Sunday saw the first signs of your prayers in action. Chi was able to hear and respond to his father’s request to move his lower lip. His father also administered a tendon reflex test, of which both legs responded with movement. Doctors continue to remain optimistic, and the energy at the hospital remains very positive.”
Cheng, 38, remains in serious condition in a Northern California Hospital. However, doctors have suggested the condition is stable.
Drummer Abe Cunningham wrote in a separate post, “The neurosurgeon treating Chi says the first 72 hours are critical, and as of now, he is fighting the good fight and the doctors remain optimistic. We are seeing your prayers in action. The family asks that all the prayer warriors out there continue to pray for Chi, and keep sending out your positive energy.”
Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has been hospitalized after suffering serious injuries in a car accident.
Lead singer Chino Moreno wrote on the band’s blog that Cheng, 38, is in “a serious but stable condition” following the accident Monday in Santa Clara, Calif.
“I am on my way up north right now to be by his side along with the rest of our bandmates and family,” Moreno continued.
“Chi is one of the strongest people I know, and I’m praying that his strength will get him through this. Please say a prayer for him as well.”
Cheng is a spoken-word poet outside of his work with the Deftones, which formed in Sacramento in 1988.
The Grammy-winning band has been working on its sixth studio album, “Eros,” which is slated for release in spring.
After three years of no new material, Deftones are back with their fifth album “Saturday Night Wrist.”
Back in February, Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham confessed making this fifth album nearly broke up the band.
“If there was a VH1 ‘Behind the Music’ special on us, it would be the perfect episode with divorces and all kinds of crap. It was just lack of communication. Thankfully, we’ve been reattaching our limbs,” said Cunningham, reports Billboard.
The 12-track album that features System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian on the song “Mein,” as well as Giant Drag front woman Annie Hardy on the song “Pink Cellphone,” will be released on October 31.
Deftones is currently on tour with Korn for the Family Values Tour.
Track list for “Saturday Night Wrist”:
“Hole in the Earth”