Brian Galliford, who overcame a brutal battle with mouth cancer in the 1990s and went on to sing significant roles at Covent Garden, Glyndebourne and La Scala, has suffered a brain haemorrhage and is lying in a coma in a Lyon hospital. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. You may send good wishes to his Facebook page in the hope that he may read them on recovery.
Here is what we have been asked to post by Brian’s friend and ex-partner, Ric Schoens.
I have some terrible news for you all.
Brian has had a brain hemorrhage and is now in hospital in Lyon.
There is still a large amount of blood in his head that can’t be reached by the doctors. Because there is a lot of pressure in his head, for his own safety he is being kept in a coma. This can go on for weeks, maybe longer. When it is safe, the doctors are trying to wake him out of his coma. It is not known if he will be waking up. And if he will, it will be a process of days. And then it is not known if and what kind of damage it has done to his brain. And there is a possibility that he will not survive…
There are a lot of uncertainties at this moment. I am here now in Lyon, together with his parents and my friend Mirko. Brian’s parents fly home next Thursday; my friend Mirko and I will fly home next Saturday. I am the first contact for the hospital. If there is any news, they call me. Of course I will keep you all informed through Brian’s Facebook page, but only if there is any news.
For now, there are some close friends (including me) who are standing by to be with him if there is any change in Brian’s situation.
Please feel free to share your feelings and thoughts on his Facebook page. And if you can, pray or have your fingers crossed for his life, health and recovery.
Take care of yourselves,