Mumford & Sons bassist blood clot scare leaves questions

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 11 at 5:11 PM

DALLAS — Folk-rock band Mumford & Sons canceled Tuesday's sold-out show in Dallas after the band's bassist had to have emergency surgery for a blood clot on the brain.

Bandmates said Ted Dwane hadn't been feeling well for days.

A statement posted on the Mumford & Sons website said:

"...scans revealed a blood clot on the surface of his brain that requires an operation. Ted is receiving excellent care and we are being assured that he will recover quickly from surgery."

Texas Health Dallas neurologist Dr. Samir Shah said surgery is not the most common form of treatment for this diagnosis.

"Usually with a blood clot we treat that with medicines, and trying to figure out why it happened," he said. "You don't get surgery for that."

The band's publicist declined to provide more details on Dwane's medical condition.

Common risk factors for blood clots include:

  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • medications
  • smoking

Blood clots are common causes of stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control, stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States, contributing to about 800,000 fatalities.

The condition is less common in younger people. Ted Dwane is 28 years old.

Dr. Shah said emergency surgery indicates Dwane's clot was bleeding in the brain.

"Bleeding around the surface of the brain, in someone young, trauma is the most common reason," he said.

Dr. Shah said younger people recover more quickly from any sort of brain condition, so there's reason to believe the self-taught musician will be rocking again soon.

Event organizers hope to reschedule the sold-out Mumford & Sons Dallas concert, along with canceled shows scheduled in New Orleans and the Houston area later this week.

For those who cannot attend the new date, once scheduled, ticket prices will be refunded.

E-mail jstjames@wfaa.com

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