Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Report: East Village musician Jesse Malin paralyzed from the waist down after spinal stroke

Photo by Katrina del Mar via Sweet Relief 

East Village-based singer-songwriter Jesse Malin was left paralyzed from the waist down after suffering an extremely rare spinal stroke in early May, according to published reports. 

Rolling Stone was first to report about this: 
Gathered with friends to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Howie Pyro, Malin's former D Generation bandmate and best friend, he felt a burning pain in his lumbar region that slowly migrated down his hips, through his thighs, and into his heels. 

He collapsed onto the floor of the restaurant, unable to walk. "Everybody was standing above me like in 'Rosemary's Baby,' saying all these different things, and I was there not knowing what was going on with my body," Malin says during a phone call from his room at an NYU rehab facility. 
The stroke occurred on May 4. He described what his life has been like since then:
"This is the hardest six weeks that I've ever had," he says. "I'm told that they don’t really understand it, and they're not sure of the chances. The reports from the doctors have been tough, and there's moments in the day where you want to cry, and where you're scared. But I keep saying to myself that I can make this happen. I can recover my body." 
After a two-week stint at Mount Sinai, Malin was transferred to an NYU facility. 
His days consist of three rounds of physical therapy and rehabilitation, with the short-term goal of teaching him how to move his body without the use of his legs and do daily tasks. When he's discharged later this month, he'll be in a wheelchair and have to relocate from his current walk-up apartment to a new ADA-compliant one with an elevator. It won't be cheap. 
David Bason, Malin's manager, and a group of friends launched a campaign via the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund to raise money for the singer's care and recovery. Find more details here. 

Malin, a Queens native and longtime East Village resident, is a partner in several local establishments, including Niagara, 96 Tears and the Bowery Electric.


Anonymous said...

Horrible!! Wishing for a full recovery.

Anonymous said...

Damn. I feel terrible for this young man. We really don't know what each day brings. He definitely will be facing some hurdles, but if he has a strong support system, everything will be alright. He will adapt to this new normal and thrive. And who knows, perhaps this is temporary? I am sending my very best to him.

Anonymous said...

I’ve known Jesse since the 80’s hardcore scene
A true Mensch

Anonymous said...

😢 My First Time to CB’s Was Riding in a back of Van With Him & a Guy Named Harely. We were all Roadies for some “ Old Man “ band that our Mutual Friend Lyle was playing Keys For… Me 15 or 16, Them all younger. This is sad news 🙏🏿

Anonymous said...

Sad news. Jesse is a greet guy!! East Village legend.

Carol from East 5th Street said...

What a tragedy. Sending a donation. Hope many others do too.

Anonymous said...

Hang in there Jessie. The EV is rooting for your recovery.

Anonymous said...

We had tickets to see him play out here in Phoenix AZ and the tour was cancelled due to his illness. Wishing you the best Jesse and a speedy recovery. You will make it through pal!

John Penley said...

I am very sorry to hear this and as someone who also had a stroke [not nearly as bad as yours ] I know you can mitigate some of the damage. I hope this happens for you and I also hope Joe Strummer's words which you have had on your wall at Niagra will inspire you to fight to get better. Peace and Love to you.

Scuba Diva said...

Been thinking about Jesse all day; hearing about another person with an injury probably hits home for a lot of people.

I had an "event" back in 1981; I was walking home and a car knocked me on my head and I sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI; I was jaywalking.) After being comatose in St. Vincent's for a month, I was taken to a physical therapy hospital in Connecticut where I learned to walk again.

I have no way of knowing how long it will take Jesse, but I'm willing to bet he will indeed walk and dance again. I just contributed to his fund, and would like to offer any help I can in navigating the disabilities maze—which I am still doing.

Anonymous said...

Praying for a speedy recovery Jesse! 🙏🏻

Anonymous said...

Loved D-Generation. Wishing Jesse a steady and speedy recovery! Remember the fun times at Coney Island High
on St Mark’s Place. Sending love and warm wishes.
Tommy P