Pro-Pain’s Gary Meskil Further Discusses Being Brutally Attacked, Shares Photos

Pro-Pain’s Gary Meskil has further opened up about being robbed and nearly murdered while on tour in Brussels, Belgium. You can see what he had to say, and see some graphic photos below. You can also donate to his GoFundMe HERE.

Meskil:

“First off, I’d like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your concerns, well wishes and generosity. It really means the world to me and my family. I also would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Dr. Olivier Sanese and his wonderful staff at C.H.U. St-Pierre Hospital for saving my life, and the Brussels Police Department for diligently tracking down suspects.

To think that just a few days ago, I was basically left to die on the sidewalk and no one helped until paramedics came to the scene. After being pick-pocketed, I absorbed a blow to the head with an ice pick, and then was quickly attacked by several persons. I truly believe my NY Yankees hat was my saving grace. My nose was broken, my glasses were smashed into my eyes, and I sustained some fractures to my face and jaw. I lost a high percentage of blood from severe hemorrhaging, which required multiple transfusions.

The uncontrolled bleeding is what nearly killed me, according to the Medical staff. They initially intended to keep me in the hospital for an extra 12 days (for surgery and recovery), but I convinced them to discharge me because I didn’t appear to suffer any neurological damage and surgery can be done much closer to home.

Over the next couple of days, I hope to get a second opinion on my jaw. It doesn’t close properly, and the fractures around my palate make it impossible to eat any solid food. The jaw injury could be the biggest hurdle to overcome when it comes to returning to the stage. I can deal with the pain in certain areas until I get home, but breaches to the jaw will make it extremely painful to scream / sing. I now have to wait 5-10 days for my new Passport to arrive, so we will make further decisions around that time frame regarding certain plans.

Aside from all of that, I am recovering as quickly as I can, and I look positively toward the future. I would also like to say that the incident did not change my opinion of Brussels or its citizens in any way. It could have happened in many places, and I just feel like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Belgium will continue to be my home away from home. I enclosed a few pics so you can witness a bit of my recovery thus far. I hope to have another update for you shortly. Until then, thanks again for all the love you’ve given me. I am truly humbled and blessed by all of your support. I hope to be able to give it back onstage soon enough!

Love and respect,
Gary Meskil“

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Pro-Pain’s Gary Meskil On Being Brutally Attacked: “The Doctors Said That I Was Lucky To Make It”

Pro-Pain’s Gary Meskil has opened up about being robbed and nearly murdered while on tour in Brussels, Belgium. You can see what he told Gazet Van Antwerpen about that below, and donate to his GoFundMe HERE.

Meskil:

“Last Monday, I went out with Adam in Brussels. Adam returned to the hotel in the Stalingradlaan in the centre of Brussels, and I went for a beer in a bar nearby, around midnight. At the table next to me, there were some young guys and we started talking. It was all very friendly. Just a nice chat. After a while, I went to the bartender to pay my bill. When I returned, two of the guys I had talked to bumped into me. Then I realized that they took my wallet. I confronted them and they start hitting me. They got help from four others. They used an ice pick to hit me on the head. They kept on kicking me after I had fallen to the ground.”

He also added:

“They robbed me of a lot of money: the fees of several shows. I lost eighty percent of my blood. The doctors said that I was lucky to make it. They even had to remove glass from my eyes, because they kicked the glasses I was wearing. My jaw is broken, and I will need multiple surgeries. I don’t know when I will be able to sing again. It can take weeks, possibly even months.”

One of the criminals has reportedly been arrested.

[via Blabbermouth]

Pro-Pain’s Gary Meskil Robbed & Nearly Murdered In Brussels, Belgium

While on tour in Brussels, Belgium, Pro-Pain frontman Gary Meskil was robbed and nearly murdered. He is currently recovering in the hospital. The band made the following Instagram post:

Important News:  This past Monday night, Gary was the victim of a Robbery and Attempted Murder in Brussels.  He was pick-pocketed of cash, credit card, and passport, struck on the head with an ice pick and then subsequently attacked by a gang of individuals.  The police have confiscated more than one weapon and they have established the identities of some of the suspects.  Gary was quickly admitted to ICU after suffering head trauma (including several fractures to his face and jaw) and massive blood loss.  Since then he has stabilized and is trying his best to recover, but future surgery may be necessary.  We regret to inform the fans that the shows scheduled for Roeselare (July 7th) and Osnabruck (July 8th) are now officially cancelled.  We will make sure to keep you all informed of any other cancellations and on Gary's progress.  Thanks for your support at this difficult time. Pro-Pain

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