Jason Burleson hospitalized in France

Jason Burleson with Jean-Marc Delon in Craponne, FranceWhile starting Blue Highway’s tour in France this weekend, banjo picker Jason Burleson has taken ill and is currently hospitalized.

At this point, no further details are available, other than that Jason is stabilizing.

We will report with more information as it is available.

Bounce back quickly, Jason!

UPDATE 12:55 – We heard from French banjo player Jean-Marc Delon, who shared this update.

“Jason is at the hospital in my hometown Le Puy en Velay. He seems to be in good hands. I guess he’ll stay in ICU for a day or so then they’ll probably keep him a couple of days and run more tests to make sure he can leave. I’ll go see him as soon as he’s out of ICU and will keep you posted.”

UPDATE 3:00 p.m. – We just heard from Jason’s wife, Shelly, who shared this news:

“Jason developed an internal bleed and lost a tremendous amount of blood. He has had transfusions and a laprascopy to patch the bleed and is beginning to stabilize.”

UPDATE 6:45 p.m. – another note from Shelly…

“Jason remains alert and stable and feeling better. We all appreciate the love and support from the bluegrass community.”

UPDATE  7/27 (12:18 a.m.) – Here’s a note from Blue Highway reso-guitarist, Rob Ickes, sent around 3:30 p.m. on 7/26:

“Just got back from visiting Jason and he is doing much better! The doctors think that he had a stomach ulcer after being on an anti-inflammatory from an elbow issue he’s been dealing with for a week or so. He woke up violently ill early this morning and was taken to the hospital, thankfully right around the corner form our hotel. They quickly stopped the bleeding and he appears do be mending quickly!

Tell every one thanks for the thoughts and prayers, I know Jason and his family, and everyone in Blue Highway appreciates it!

I will let you know if we hear anything else. Seems like he just needs a couple days to get his strength back, we’ll know better tomorrow.”

UPDATE 6:38 p.m. – Another update from Rob Ickes, who says that Jason is doing much better.

“Just got back from visiting Jason and he’s doing really well!  Sitting up, and he had some real food today. Seems like he is mending really quickly. I’ll keep you posted!”

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