Jaime DeAnda will require a long recovery after the Conjunto icon was hospitalized for a medical emergency last week, according to his management. The 56-year-old spent four days in a San Antonio hospital including intensive care for the ailment that required surgery.
Envy Road Entertainment released a hospital photo and statement late Sunday night (Dec. 26) with more details about the medical emergency that was life-threatening for the Tejano ROOTS Hall of Famer.
“Jaime De Anda was released from the hospital On Christmas Day. He will be on the road to recovery and rehabilitation. What happened to Jaime De Anda? In 2004, Jaime had half of his lung removed due to second-hand smoke from playing in clubs and bars at a young age. Last week, Jaime developed an infection in his tooth, which infected his neck, jaw, throat, and lung. Doctors had to surgically cut three areas of his neck and jaw to reduce swelling. The music industry almost lost Jaime De Anda due to the swelling of his tongue and throat and he could not breathe on his own. But the fast-acting doctors and nurses saved his life. I, Julian Jullzz Johnson, would like to personally thank his wife Darlene DeAnda, All the staff at the hospital nurses doctors, and to all the fans that have prayed for Jaime…Your prayers worked!”
Johnson shared more details via phone with Tejano Nation on the musician’s condition that prompted the hospitalization on Dec. 21. “The swelling got so bad. His neck was the size of a football and his tongue the size of a cucumber,” he said. “Jaime will be in recovery for probably a good five weeks rehab. After that, the doctor said he should be okay if nothing goes wrong.”
The statement added that many Tejano stars and musicians have reached out to aid DeAnda during his hospitalization and recovery including A.B. Quintanilla lll, David Lee Garza, Michael Salgado, Ram Herrera, Los Desperadoz, David Farias, Juan P Moreno, Jay Perez, and Los Palominos, as well as his Los Furiosos bandmates Aaron Holler, Carlos Gonzalez, and Stevie Ray Vavages.
DeAnda’s career spans more than 40 years with most of that time spent as the frontman of Jaime Y Los Chamacos, he split with Los Chamacos in December 2018. The band had been cranking out hit songs together since 1982, releasing many successful albums and classic hits including “Yolanda,” “Mi Musica Favorita,” and many more. They received multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations and were inducted into the Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame in 2011.
With the love and support of his family, DeAnda started playing music at the young age of six years old. He grew up in an environment where hard work and dedication to learning one’s craft were instilled in him. This allowed him to record his debut single, “Un Puño de Tierra,” at the age of 15. His stylistic artistry is well known throughout the music industry, which has cemented his place as one of Tejano’s top musical artists.
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