Classic Rock Managine reports that Walter Trout’s friends and family have launched an urgent campaign to raise $125,000 for him to have a liver transplant.
Even though the guitarist – who as well as having his own bands has been a member of Canned Heat and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – is too ill to hold a guitar, he is said to have an excellent chance of survival – but only if the surgery takes place in the next three months.
Trout has been in hospital for several weeks, after battling liver disease for some time. His medical insurance doesn’t cover the cost of a transplant.
Organisers of the YouCaring fundraising campaign say: “Walter continued touring until a few weeks ago. We were given hope that medical treatment could reverse his condition, but we now know it hasn’t worked. His liver has failed and doctors say his survival depends on receiving a transplant.
“The medical expenses are going to be immense. Walter will need to cancel much of the tour planned for 2014, leaving him and his family with little income.”
Trout’s wife Marie adds: “Walter has lost a hundred pounds and most of his muscle tissue in the past year, and suffered much pain. It has been heart wrenching to watch him go through this. He has reached the point where he is too sick to stand up or even hold a guitar.”
Find out more and donate via the Walter Trout YouCaring page.