JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Mississippi music star Ron Etheridge is on a long road to recovery after suffering major injuries in a car accident.
“I woke up and they asked me if I knew what happened to me and I didn’t,” Etheridge told 12 News. “And so they told me that I had been in an accident with an 18 wheeler and that I was quadriplegic from the chest down,” .
Etheridge’s strong support system keeps him going. From the moment he entered the hospital, his family, friends, and fans have been there every step of the way.
“I’ve got an enormous support system,” Etheridge continued. “The waiting room was just slammed full of people”.
The crash caused so much damage Etheridge can’t hold or play his guitar. However, an occupational therapist at Methodist Rehabilitation Center created a device to help him play another instrument.
“I crushed both hands so I can’t play the guitar,” Etheridge explained. “I can’t make words so she actually molded this piece of plastic to go on my hand here that holds a slide and a good friend of mine bought me an instrument called a washing board. It’s played with the slide so I don’t have to use chords”.
He is remaining positive. Music is such a passion for Etheridge, so he will always find a way to make music no matter how big the challenge gets.
“I’m going to end up making music whether if I have to do it with my teeth or my toes;” Etheridge stated. “Somehow or another I’m going to make music. So if it takes learning a new instrument, that’s what it’s gonna take. And that’s what I’m going to do”.
Ron Etheridge is signed by a branch of Malco Music Group Company and was working on a new album before the wreck. But the label is pausing work on his record so he can focus on recovery.