Bassist Chi Cheng of the Deftones was involved in a high-speed car accident in Santa Barbara in November
2008. Cheng, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from his vehicle and consequently fell into a coma.
Now, three years and two months later, Cheng is finally showing signs of recovery and even responding to commands as he's starting to emerge from his state of coma.
CraveOnline.com is reporting that Cheng is now able to move his leg and vocalize “through basic sounds” upon command–and there's even video of his amazing progress. Check it out after the jump.
It's important to note the persistent support of Cheng's family, friends and fans throughout this tragic ordeal. Cheng's family insurance halted coverage in the beginning stages of treatment and so the Deftones, along with several other bands and musicians, held several benefits to help foot the medical bill.
In 2010, “One Love for Chi” was a two-part benefit show at the Slidebar (pictured) to not just offer financial assistance but also raise awareness of the importance of wearing a seatbelt while riding in a vehicle. The night featured P.O.D., Suicide Silence, LIT, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theatre, Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, Travis Miguel of Atreyu, the Letter Black, Steven Adler and Slash of Guns N' Roses.
For more info on Cheng's journey to full recovery, visit OneLoveForChi.com.