Eric Church had a terrifying health scare in 2017 that required emergency surgery to save his life.
Church tells Rolling Stone Country that he first noticed some odd tingling in his hands when he was finishing his world tour in 2017, but “I just associated it with nerves,” he says. “I didn’t think it was anything.”
In June of 2017, he was watching the College World Series and texting about it when he noticed that his left hand “was not responding like it should.”
He made it to the hospital, where he asked the doctors if it could kill him. The doctor replied with “Today, if we can’t manage to treat it”.
After three days of recovery, Church underwent another surgery to have his top rib removed, followed by months of physical therapy and rehab. By September, he was back out on tour. He says he has suffered no long-term nerve damage; he can still play guitar, and in fact, “I play golf better than ever.”