Buddy Melton surgery a success

Good news this weekend from Balsam Range.

Their fiddler, Buddy Melton, who was injured last week, underwent major facial reconstruction surgery on Sunday in Asheville, NC. Mandolinist Darren Nicholson posted the following this morning on the band’s web site.

Buddy’s surgery today (about 10 hours) was completed with great success complete. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers! We love you all and could not anything without you.

Dr. Parworth, the maxillofacial surgeon just came in and gave everyone a run down of the surgery a bit ago. He says Bud is awake!!! And he asked Buddy how he was and Bud said he was good. Dr. Parworth was very happy and pleased with the procedure.

Dr. Fowler, Bud’s neurosurgeon, stopped in and also gave us great news on the operation. Everything was smooth and successful! Dr. Fowler is the one who requested bluegrass to be played in the OR during the surgery. That’s awesome.

Dr. Parworth, Dr. Fowler, and Brian RN have lifetime free passes to any show, free CDs, and whatever else they may need from BR!! Carla (Bud’s wife) came busting in with a huge smile and gave us the news and she had kept us posted throughout the weekend until we could get there.

The nurse in the OR, Brian Sadler, also happened to be a huge Balsam Range fan. He had not realized who he was helping until later in the procedure. Go figure.

Caleb got to see Buddy afterwards and said he looks great and was ready to get out of there. Hahaha And he said “I’m ready for the second set”.

Let’s keep hearing news like this!

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.