Austin Carlile Speaks About His Marfans Syndrome & Departure From Of Mice & Men
Ex Of Mice & Men front man Austin Carlile has officially made his first public appearance since his departure from Of Mice & Men late in 2016. Following the front mans long duration of severe health concerns, Carlile gave a passionate and heartfelt speech on his experience with his Marfan Syndrome, that’s left the singer hospitalized and battling for survival throughout multiple surgeries.
“I used to sing in a rock and roll group called Of Mice & Men, like the book. I have Marfan Syndrome. About eight months ago I had to quit rock music because of Marfan Syndrome. I grew up and had many medical problems from foot surgeries, and ear surgeries, and hernias, and ribs and dislocated hips, knees and legs…”
“I started a rock and roll band around the time that my mom passed away. I didn’t really have much else to do. I did sports. I was a very active kid and when I was told I had Marfan Syndrome… I had to quit. I said, “what should I do next, lets try music”. I followed it and it’s something that kind of came.”
“I got home from a tour one time. I couldn’t perform anymore. I had three dural tears in my spine. My spinal fluid was leaking. I went to two or three different doctors and was turned away. I had a doctor call me a liar. I went to Stanford… twenty minutes later they told me exactly what it was.”
“Over the years of [being in OM&M], I faced a lot of different medical walls and obstacles. The biggest one was having a heart surgery. There’s a word… co-operative care. It’s so important… to have a team, to have a group of people who know you, who know your issues, know your scans, who you can talk to, and you can look at, and you can explain your situation, and they don’t look at you like you’re crazy. That’s hard to find in the medical field, and it’s something that a lot of people don’t have access to.”
“It can make all the world of difference for someone. For someone like me it has. Especially when it’s a matter of the heart.”
“When I found out I had Marfan’s and all these heart issues, I was lost. The only people that I think… that I knew truly understood were those doctors and those nurses, the patients and the people I got to meet. [Over] the past eight years I’ve gotten really involved with [The Marfan Foundation] and raising awareness… being able to be part of a community with a group of people that, their whole goal is to outreach, and to help, and to bring awareness, it means so much to me. It means so much to have that support system.”
We first saw sight of ex Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile’s health struggles when he revealed an update on how his condition was progressing to his loyal fans via his personal Instagram story earlier last week.
“Been in hospital the past few days, was taken by helicopter to San Jose, Costa Rica yesterday morning…”
“My team discovered 2 cysts growing on my low spine. I head into the operation room at 6 PM today…”
According to Carlile, medical professionals in Costa Rica had discovered two cysts on his spine which would require him to have emergency surgery.
Following the social media updates, Carlile also reached out to his fans and asked them to pray for him as he faces this troubling time head on.
“It has been a rough 8 months, not out of the woods yet, the fight continues on, I must as well. Please keep me in your prayers this evening,” he said.
The news of the unsuccessful surgery broke when Carlile posted to his Instagram stories earlier today.
The Instagram story read:
“My surgery last night was not successful…”
“My medical team is keeping me hospitalized and I will be going BACK under tomorrow morning for yet another surgery…”
Following this, a few days ago Carlile revealed that he would need to go for more surgery, as his emergency surgery after locating cysts on his spine that took place originally was unsuccessful.
Now, following the second surgery Carlile had on the condition, Carlile has once again posted medical updates to his Instagram story saying that he’s been “finally released.”
“After many tests, and 2 surgeries, I will now be flying to the states this Tuesday so that my specialists may further address the concerning issues they have discovered during this past weeks hospital stay…” Said Carlile.
“Even in the face of death, I will not be afraid, for our god will never abandon me.” he posted following the explanation.
Carlile has not yet gone into detail about what had been discovered during his stay, but we wish him all the best regardless.
The ex Of Mice & Men frontman had announced his departure from Of Mice & Men in late December of 2016. Following the news, Aaron Pauley, Alan Ashby, Phil Manansala and Valentino Arteaga announced that they would continue as a four-piece band, and have since released new music without Carlile.
View footage of Carlile’s words below: