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The Ghost Inside Drummer Andrew Tkaczyk Stands After Losing Right Leg

Written by Rosie Pentreath on March 11, 2016

Since losing his leg in a fatal bus crash that claimed the lives of two drivers, The Ghost Inside drummer Andrew Tkaczyk’s journey towards recovery has been an inspiring one.

After ten days in coma, the strong-hearted drummer confirmed that he had lost his leg after The Ghost Inside’s tour bus collided with a truck in Texas last November.

Posting on Instagram back in January, Tkaczyk said: “The rumours are true everyone! Unfortunately I did lose my leg in this accident. This is one injury among many others such as fractures in my ribs, spine, and hip along with some ligament tears in my rotator cuff and Labrum. I have remained in positive and good spirits since I woke up from a 10 day coma in November to the sight of my missing leg. Not going to let it stop me. I don’t care what anyone says. It’s a long road ahead, but I WILL play drums again.”

Going through months of hell, the drummer has remained inspiringly resilient and was recently featured in a film documenting his determination to play again.

Now the beat man has shared a video on Instagram showing him standing without holding on to anything, in an exercise to strengthen the muscles in his left leg.

“Strengthening that ankle and calf muscles. One day at a time. Be strong,” he writes. Friends and fans flooded the comment box with Instagramer itsquibs saying: “Keep it up man, you will still be a killer drummer” and kerimluca adding: “You are an incredible inspiration to all of us. The way you stay strong and determined makes me even more proud to be a fan of you.”

Tkaczyk’s bandmate, guitarist Zach Johnson, also became an amputee after the accident losing several of his toes.

At the end of last year, The Ghost Inside’s record label announced plans to donate all profits from the band’s album sales to the cost of their medical expenses and Bring Me The Horizon donated $10,000 made from merch sales to support the band.

Strengthening that ankle and calf muscles. One day at a time. Be strong. #violentgentlemen #workhard

A video posted by Andrew Tkaczyk (@mtndrew) on

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