Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner has been released from the hospital. The musician is now resting at home less than two weeks after undergoing an acute cardiac aortic dissection on stage at the Louder Than Life festival.
Faulkner suffered from a fatal illness as Judas Priest went through “Painkiller” on September 26th. The guitarist worked his way through the full song before leaving the stage and being whisked away to the Rudd Heart & Lung Center, which was thankfully only minutes from the festival grounds. After a 10½-hour emergency open-heart operation, Faulkner overcame an illness that has a death rate of around 80%.
“Looking at these pictures, the truth is, knowing what I know now, I see a dying man,” Faulkner wrote. “I have been moved to tears and humbled by my friends, family, fantastic band, team and management, as well as you guys who sent me videos and messages of love and support at over the past week – thank you all very much and although I have a recovery path ahead of me, as soon as I can get back on my way you will be the first to know and we will be back there to deliver the goods for you all !
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The University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky sent out a press release today (October 7) revealing Faulkner’s successful discharge from the hospital.
“He was only four miles away, but miles equals minutes and he didn’t have much to spare,” said Dr Siddharth Pahwa, cardiothoracic surgeon at UofL Health – UofL Physicians. “Sir. Faulkner is alive today because the stars aligned. He had an exceptional emergency care team, he was close to a world-class heart center and he quickly recognized he needed help. ‘aid.
Dr Pahwa led the cardiothoracic surgery team that operated on Faulkner, which also included Dr Brian Ganzel and Dr Mark Slaughter (no connection to the metal singer).
Judas Priest has postponed the rest of his tour dates as Faulkner continues to recover at home. Stay tuned for new dates once they are announced.
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