Much of the bluegrass and acoustic world was shocked to learn earlier this week about singer/songwriter David Via being attacked and injured prior to a show last weekend in South Carolina. From what we can determine, the attack was random and not necessarily directed at Via for any reason.
But that is of little comfort when you suffer a broken jaw and lose several teeth. A protracted period of recovery is expected, and friends and fans are joining together to provide financial and emotional support during a most difficult time for David and his family.
A statement this morning from his fiancé, Amber Johnson, includes a few hopeful details.
“We just want to say Thank You to everyone!! We have been overwhelmed with all of the support, kind words and well wishes!! We are so incredibly thankful for such wonderful friends and family! Even though this has been so traumatic and unreal, I think it has restored our faith in people and their giving and loving spirits!
David is finally on the road to recovery. He had a procedure in Winston yesterday where the wonderful Dr. Smith was able to wire his top jaw bone together with an arch wire instead of wiring the mouth shut. Hopefully since what is left of his bite is now aligned the bottom jaw bone will be able to heal too. After about 4-6 weeks of the wire being in place, hopefully the jaw will heal and we will be able to move on to fixing his sweet smile!!
Thank You Again!”
As we reported on Monday (6/10), David does not have health insurance, and as he earns a living with his music, will not be able to perform again until his jaw has healed.
Anyone wishing to send well wishes (or a direct donation) can reach the family at the following address:
4391 Stella Road
Patrick Springs, VA 24133
Comments can be left at Via’s Facebook page.