The members of Delaware hardcore powerhouse Year of the Knife were involved in a horrific van accident back on June 28th. Every member of the band suffered from serious injuries, in particular vocalist Madi Watkins, who has remained hospitalized since the incident.
According to an initial update from June 29th shared by a family member, Watkins was in “critical condition with major trauma.” Fans and supporters were further notified on July 6th that the frontwoman had “so many surgeries ahead of her.”
Over the past few months, Madi’s husband and bandmate Brandon Watkins has been posting relevant updates via social media in regards to her developing condition. While saying that the singer has already been through several surgeries, he noted that she began physically communicating with people again back in July.
In late August, Brandon updated the public via Twitter that Madi was undergoing occupational, speech, and physical therapy. Further noting that she had wires and a bar removed from her mouth and trach and was able to eat soft foods, his optimistic commentary was still tinged with concerns regarding brain damage. He concluded the social media post by saying: “Long story short: we’re in a great place rn. Madi is working really hard. They wanna send us home in September but we don’t know what kind of condition Madi will be in. Scary shit, but everything’s positive.”
Roughly a week and a half after the last update, Brandon has taken to social media to share a brief but incredibly important video. In the clip posted to Twitter, Madi and Brandon are seen outside waving to the camera. The singer then addresses everyone who has stood behind Year Of The Knife during this arduous time, saying: “Hi everyone, we love you. Thank you for supporting us.”
She has a long road ahead, but this encouraging sign is nothing short of beautiful.
You can support Madi and Year Of The Knife at their GoFundMe page here. We send them all of our love and wishes for a speedy and peaceful recovery.
Lil message from madi pic.twitter.com/ShF7XZAI7q
— devilmane (@condemned2suffa) September 9, 2023