Dickey Betts’ Post-Brain Surgery Update

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Dickey Betts (photo from his website)

Dickey Betts had successful brain surgery on Friday, September 21 at an undisclosed hospital in his hometown of Sarasota, Fla. The news was relayed by his longtime manager, David Spero, in a statement to the local Sarasota Herald-Tribune newspaper: “Dickey Betts and his family want everyone to know that his surgery was a success.”

The Allman Brothers Band founding member was reportedly in critical condition following a fall on Monday, September 17, at his home near Sarasota, Fla. It was said that the guitarist fell while playing with the family dog in his backyard and “cracked his head, causing bleeding in his brain.” At the time, Betts was listed as in “critical but stable condition.”

Spero’s statement on Friday added: “The outpouring of support from all over the world has been overwhelming and amazing. We are so appreciative. Thank you all so much for your wonderful thoughts and prayers. We will keep you updated.

“Hey Dickey fans, your thoughts and prayers helped make this surgery a success.”

On Tuesday night, September 25, the Allman Brothers Band posted an update from Spero on the band’s Facebook page: “Donna just texted me that Dickey is ‘Off the respirator and doing great! Talking, laughing and, of course, complaining!’ We thank you all for your love and prayers. He still has a ways to go.”

On September 22, Betts’ son, Duane Betts, wrote on his Facebook page: “So grateful today. My father has always been my hero, my mentor and my favorite guitar player in the world. I want to say thank you to all of you who have sent messages, prayed and sent good energy to my family and my dad. 🙏🏼 ”

It’s not known whether the fall had anything to do with the stroke that Betts suffered last month that caused him to cancel several concerts. The guitarist had come out of retirement this year. On September 14, the musician’s Facebook page noted he is “raring to go” following the “minor stroke” he suffered in late August. “Dickey Betts is raring to go,” the post said. “His recovery from his minor stroke is ahead of schedule and he has already started playing his guitar again.”

The original news of his stroke came on August 24: “After describing to his physicians certain post-stroke repercussions, he was strongly advised to give himself more time to recuperate. Doctors have assured Betts that after three to five weeks he will be 100 percent recovered and can resume his touring schedule.”

Watch Betts perform an Allman Brothers Band favorite in July 2018

Betts turns 75 later this year. He was born December 12, 1943 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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  1. Columbo
    #1 Columbo 24 September, 2018, 10:50

    Play on.. Love you brother,

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  2. Mardifleur
    #2 Mardifleur 26 September, 2018, 09:22

    Many congratulations on the successful surgery snd wishing Mr.Betts a full and fast recovery..Best of everything to his family,loved ones and fans…..!

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