As reported earlier last week, The Word Alive’s Telle Smith recently sustained injuries stage diving in Pomona, CA, breaking his back and rib and fracturing another rib. Despite injuries, the band continued touring on the Apollo X tour. Telle Smith has now taken to his personal Twitter and Instagram to address the extend of his injuries. Check out the full diagnosis below.
Full diagnosis is in: bruised left lung, 2 "vertebral rib" fractures, broken L2 & L3 vertebra in my spine. No surgery required, I'm lucky!
— Telle Smith (@TelleTWA) November 20, 2015
I had heard stories of injuries from stage diving, but you never think it will happen to you until it does. I have a broken rib, a fractured rib and broke transverse process which is one of the protruding bones near the bottom of my spine. Honestly the pain is pretty bad but knowing I could have hurt someone else like this sort of numbs that from a psychological standpoint. I think in the future I will just stick to going hard ON stage not off it. So long as my CT scan shows no further damage today, I will be playing the remaining shows. No, I don't have a death wish but the reality is I want my band and crew to come home with as much money for the holidays for their continuous hard work and if I can perform, I have always vowed I would. Luckily we don't have any shows scheduled until February where I can hopefully be at or near 100% I am thankful I can and will be able to walk, which is something I never thought about deeply until now. This whole thing has put so much into perspective and I'm just thankful I will be healthy again in a few months! It could always be worse! ✌?️