A 28-year-old drummer suffered a stroke on stage but refused to stop playing until the end of the song – before collapsing for shocked fans.
Alex Headen appeared as part of tribute band Korn Again at Rockstock Festival in Stockport, Greater Manchester, last month, when he felt a sharp pain in his shoulder.
While the band played Helmet in the Bush, the left side of the body became Mr. Headen numb and he lost sight in his left eye.
Alex Headen grimaces while the left side of his body becomes numb and he becomes blind in his left eye during a performance at Rockstock Festival in Stockport, Greater Manchester, last month
But the determined drummer ended the song despite a stroke on stage – before he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital
But the determined drummer completed the job with only his right hand before he collapsed and was taken to the hospital.
Mr. Headen, from Wirral, Merseyside, said: & I didn't want to stop the song because it was so early in the set. I didn't want to disappoint the band or the crowd.
& # 39; Never in a million years did I think I had a stroke. I thought I had low blood sugar or was dehydrated.
& # 39; I thought: if I understand this song, I can eat a carbonated drink or snack and continue. & # 39;
& # 39; I started the show well, but at the fourth song my vision started to get blurred, then my left arm went numb and I dropped my drumstick.
& # 39; I continued to play with only my right arm, but then I completely lost my sight in my left eye. The song ended and I collapsed on my drum set. & # 39;
The drummer stayed in the stroke unit of the hospital for a week while doctors performed tests to determine how the stroke occurred, but they still have no answers.
Lead singer Stephen has now called on a drummer to step in while Alex recovers – while his bandmate uses his drumsticks at home to learn to play again.
The drummer suspected he was low in blood sugar or dried out, so he took a sip from a bottle of water and played through it
While he is resting and working on improving his mobility, Mr Headen practices from the couch with a pad and some drum sticks.
He said: & # 39; They still don't know the cause, so I'm a little worried about that. I don't remember much about the first or second day in the hospital, except to be very scared.
& # 39; My walking has improved a lot in the last few weeks. I still struggle with my left arm and shoulder, but I am making good progress.
& # 39; I also get my practice. My left hand is still quite numb, but I can operate my fingers and control my wrist, so that I can learn to play my left hand again.
& # 39; I'm very lucky that doctors were close by and helped me. & # 39;
After having enjoyed and played a successful six months in Korn Again as part of a tribute to Marilyn Manson, Mr. Headen is happy to take a step back and have someone else take over for a while.
His bandmates, including Stephen, 30, have been performing until the end of the year and have now called on a stand-in so they can keep on touring.
Mr. Headen (photo in his younger days), from Wirral, Merseyside, said he didn't want to drop the band or the crowd
The singer, from Liverpool, said: “It's amazing that he has continued the entire song. What a trooper. It must have been painful and yet he went on. You never want to stop a song halfway.
& # 39; He went on and that is incredible. It just shows his commitment. Fans have sent all their love and support – they are all in shock to be honest.
& # 39; If I tell people he has had a stroke, they say & # 39; how old is he? & # 39; If I say he's 28, they can't believe it. I don't think anyone realized what it was then. People just thought he was exhausted.
& # 39; We played the full song and then a background number for the next song appeared while it was collapsed in the kit.
& # 39; I screamed over the microphone & # 39; time out, we need help & # 39 ;. An ambulance and paramedics were within a few minutes. & # 39;
Recalling the terrifying incident on stage, the singer said: & # 39; One minute after 45 seconds, Alex stopped playing the cymbals.
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