Year Of The Knife's Madison Watkins

Year Of The Knife’s Madi Watkins Is Now Physically Communicating With Doctors & Family Following Van Crash


Year Of The Knife guitarist/bassist Brandon Watkins shared some encouraging news yesterday (July 19th) and today regarding his wife/Year Of The Knife bandmate, vocalist Madi Watkins. According to Brandon, Madi has been able to physically communicate her condition through the use of thumbs up and ok signs via her hands to convey her current condition to medical staff and family.

Madi suffered severe injuries in a van crash late last month while on tour with the band in Salt Lake City, UT. The accident left each member of the group with injuries of varying degrees, including broken bones and more. Madi however was left with serious trauma to her brain and spine, while also suffering a broken jaw on both sides, as well as fractures to her face, femur and ankle.

Initially placed in critical condition, she was later downgraded to stable condition and remained in a medically induced coma for a period of time. Since then she has underwent numerous major surgeries and remains in a Utah health facility to continue her recovery process.

Brandon‘s latest updates shared on his Twitter read as follows:

“Madi update:

Through giving a thumbs up madi was able to tell the nurses which parts of her were hurting. Her mom asked her to give a thumbs up if madi loved her and she did it. Made me cry. They plan on moving her to a long term acute therapy place today. Doctors hope she’ll spend a week or so there and come back to the university of utah for the hospitals acute therapy program. Big big hope lots of progress. It was truly amazing to see.”

“Today they’re asking Madi questions again and she’s responding with thumbs up and okay signs. She even washed her own face with a little help.”

Brandon has previously stated that outside of her physical injuries, Madi will still be facing down a lengthy period of physical rehabilitation as well as speech and cognitive therapy in the months to come. Given the extent of the injuries sustained and the mounting medical bills, the group continue to seek help with crowdfunding. Should you be able to help out, you can contribute over at

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