Punk Rocker Devastated After Stage Dive Leaves New York Concertgoer Partially Paralyzed

Punk Rocker Devastated After Stage Dive Leaves New York Concertgoer Partially Paralyzed
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  • Dis­turb­ing Footage Shows Singer Jump­ing into Crowd
  • Vic­tim Suf­fered “Cat­a­stroph­ic Spinal Injury”
  • Band Express­es Heart­break Over Incident

A young woman who was left severe­ly injured after the lead singer of an Aus­tralian punk rock band crowd surfed over her is now report­ed­ly par­tial­ly paralyzed. 

Bird PichĂ©, 24, suf­fered a “cat­a­stroph­ic spinal injury” after John Flo­re­ani, the lead singer of Tro­phy Eyes, jumped into a mosh pit at their show at Mohawk Place in Buf­fa­lo, New York, on April 30.

Dis­turb­ing footage shows Piché’s dis­tinc­tive pink hair bob­bing along to the music before Flo­re­ani leapt into the crowd in an inci­dent the band said “has shak­en us all to our core”. 

The music lover’s neck was bro­ken and she was par­tial­ly par­a­lyzed — but she has since regained feel­ing in her arms and fin­gers accord­ing to fam­i­ly friend Leo Wolters Tejera.

The show was imme­di­ate­ly stopped and Flo­re­ani accom­pa­nied PichĂ© to the hos­pi­tal where she has under­gone “exten­sive surgery”. Tejera, who has launched a fundrais­er to cov­er Piché’s med­ical expens­es, recalled the inci­dent hap­pened dur­ing the band’s open­ing song.

“He (Flo­re­ani) stage dove into the crowd, and there must just not have been enough peo­ple around there to catch him, or they weren’t aware that he was going to jump,” he said. Anoth­er com­menter who claimed to be stand­ing behind PichĂ© as Flo­re­ani dove from the stage pre­vi­ous­ly said the singer was “clear­ly dev­as­tat­ed” after real­iz­ing he’d hurt her.

Tro­phy Eyes have donat­ed $5,000 to the GoFundMe for Piché’s med­ical bills and loss of income. The New­cas­tle, Aus­tralia based band also tweet­ed their con­do­lences to her fam­i­ly, stat­ing the “sit­u­a­tion has shak­en us all to our core” and they will help PichĂ© “nav­i­gate this dif­fi­cult time”.

The inci­dent has left Piché with a long road to recov­ery ahead as she con­tin­ues to receive treat­ment for her severe spinal injury sus­tained at the concert.

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