Reporting Paul Koffy
Jake Owen tells CMT he almost lost his fingers in his go-kart crash. ”At the ER in North Carolina, they just sewed it up. But then I flew home the next morning and went to the doctor, and I had surgery right away. They basically put my fingers back on. I have 40 stitches, from the interior out. I shattered my fingers — the bones inside. The doctor said it was like taking a cinderblock and dropping it on your hand. Like it spider webbed the bones inside my fingers. So he had to suture the bones back up to even make it a bone and then put a screw in there to keep it together.
My first show back after it was when we played Boston. All I could think about was, ‘I’m not about to bail on Boston, a city where people just lost arms and legs and from this coward [expletive] bomber.’ I thought that if those people are Boston strong, then I’m gonna be Boston strong. It’s a just a finger. If you lose a finger, you can still sing. You still have the ability to make a living. But some of those people will never walk again because of something that wasn’t even their fault. Mine was self-inflicted. So I’m an idiot. It’s my fault.”