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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fowler’s Mustache guitarist Nick Collins heads home

Collins continues 3-hour per day rehab

Posted by Susan Cohen on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM

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Just a few weeks shy of his 27 birthday, Fowler’s Mustache guitarist Nick Collins is now recovering at home, according to ABC4.

Collins was run over by an 18-wheeler after he was thrown from a friend’s car on Aug. 3. His injuries were serious, and his left leg was amputated. A little more than a month after we reported that Collins left his bed for the first time, he has returned to his parents’ house in Mt. Pleasant.

ABC4 reports that Collins did physical therapy for three hours a day, seven days a week, while in the hospital, including taking field trips to restaurants.

“I made a couple personal goals as well as the ones they had for me,” Collins said. “It was really just making transportation a little easier, getting from the seat to the wheelchair, wheelchair to the shower.”

Collins will now receive therapy and care at home while doctors build him a prosthetic leg. On his CaringBridge page, his family writes that “due to the rare type of amputation that Nicholas has, the prosthetist is working with another from Minnesota to construct a prosthetic for Nicholas.”

Fowler’s Mustache drummer John Tankersley is lucky enough to live in the same neighborhood as Collins’ parents, so he can make frequent visits. He says the band is very excited that Collins is ahead of his recovery schedule — and he already wants to join Fowler’s Mustache on stage in a couple of months.

“We are thrilled he is this anxious to join us back on stage, because things certainly have not been the same without him,” Tankersley says. “I think his positivity, faith, and stubbornness have made is recovery so extraordinary. He has been super thankful and appreciative for the work of his doctors and nurses, plus the support of friends, family, and the community.”

There are no NAC Wins benefits planned at the moment, but stay tuned to the organization’s website for updates.

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