Jesse Malin Paralyzed After Spinal Stroke

Musician Jesse Malin of D Generation is reportedly paralyzed from the waist down after suffering a rare spinal-cord stroke in May, according to Rolling Stone.

Just a few weeks after Malin played a show at Webster Hall celebrating the 20th anniversary celebration of his solo debut The Fine Art of Self Destruction, Malin suffered an exceedingly rare spinal-cord infarction — a stroke in his back — while at dinner in the East Village, the magazine reports.

Malin was dining with friends to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Howie Pyro, Malin’s former D Generation bandmate and best friend, when he felt a burning pain in his lumbar region that slowly migrated down his hips, through his thighs, and into his heels. He collapsed onto the floor of the restaurant, unable to walk.

“Everybody was standing above me like in Rosemary’s Baby, saying all these different things and I was there not knowing what was going on with my body,” Malin told the magazine from an NYU rehab facility.

“This is the hardest six weeks that I’ve ever had,” Malin told Rolling Stone. “I’m told that they don’t really understand it, and they’re not sure of the chances. The reports from the doctors have been tough and there’s moments in the day where you want to cry, and where you’re scared. But I keep saying to myself that I can make this happen. I can recover my body.”

To help, fans can donate to Jesse Malin Fund on Sweet Relief to raise money for his care and expenses, which include daily physical therapy, outpatient rehab once he’s discharged.

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