Singer-songwriter Chris Young returned to Nashville this weekend after being admitted last week to Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver for a dangerous bacterial infection as a result of a small cut on his leg.
A native of Murfreesboro, Young was en route to a tour date in Montana on Tuesday, Aug. 13 when he began to go into septic shock and was taken by ambulance to the Denver, Colo., hospital.
The medical team, consisting of Dr. Anthony Canfield, Dr. Wendy Gill and Dr. Janet Suarez, responded quickly and immediately started Young on medications to stop the infection from spreading. In addition, an emergency surgery was scheduled for shortly after midnight Aug. 14 where they removed the infection from Young’s leg.
Young is now home under his physician's care and expected to make a full recovery.
As expected, his mobility is currently impacted by the surgery and his doctor has advised he wait a full week post-surgery to resume touring, and will return to the road starting with Brad Paisley’s “Beat This Summer Tour Presented By Cracker Barrel Old Country Store” on Thursday, Aug. 22 in Mountain View, Calif. His show in Redding, Calif., will be rescheduled to Sept. 8.
“I want to thank all of my fans for their thoughts and prayers,” said Young. “I received amazing care from Dr. Suarez, Dr. Gill and Dr. Canfield and all the I.C.U. nurses who literally saved my life,” he continued. “I’m happy to be home and can’t wait to get back out on the road.”
Young continues to share progress updates with his fans on Twitter @ChrisYoungMusic. His new single, “Aw Naw” is quickly climbing the country singles charts and is the first single from his forthcoming album, A.M., which will be released Sept. 17 on RCA Records Nashville.