Friday, April 01, 2005

If you were excited about Neil Young appearing at the Juno Awards I've got some bad news. He won't be able to attend because of having brain aneurysm surgery this week. Fortunately he's expected to make a full recovery.

He's lucky. Any surgery can be dangerous, and even "successful" aneurysm surgery can have side effects. Just ask Pat Martino. The jazz guitarist spent much of the late '70s suffering from what turned out to be symptoms of an aneurysm. When he was finally properly diagnosed in 1980 he literally had only days to live without surgery. It saved his life, but the side effect was severe memory loss, loss so severe he remembered little of his past life and lost his ability to play guitar. He made a miraculous recovery, but only after years of intensive therapy.

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