A member of the Gamma Sigma Phi Sing Song act, who was injured before Saturday’s show, remains in the hospital after doctors had to halt surgery due to swelling in his jaw.
Doctors at Hendrick Medical Center began to operate on Jason Rasco’s jaw Monday, but his face began to swell and doctors discovered an infection. Rasco, junior criminal science major from Abilene, is heavily sedated and in the ICU at Hendrick, according to Rasco’s cousin, Nick Randolph.
Randolph, graduate student in theology from Lubbock, said doctors would try to operate again later this week.
“They have him pretty drugged up, Randolph said. “The mouth is a really bad pace to get injured; he has a little bit of infection.”
Randolph said Rasco should be fine after he has the surgery. He said the difficulty now is just waiting.
“Different members of the family are responding to the wait differently,” Randolph said. “His parents are pretty collected, but I’m sure they are worried.”
Rasco was injured during Sing Song warm-ups as he worked with an air compressor cannon, designed to shoot streamers. The cannon split and caused the recoiling prop to pop up, hitting Rasco in the jaw, knocking out six of his teeth and breaking his jaw. Rasco was transported to the hospital for stitches and returned for Saturday’s shows.
GSP director Colin Barnard, senior political science major from Washington D.C., said members of the club are concerned for Rasco and hoping he makes a swift recovery.
“No one likes that he’s having to go through hardship right after winning Sing Song, especially since he was injured doing something to help all of club and the show,” Barnard said.
Barnard said members of the club have been strong in their support of Rasco.
“Guys have been consistently e-mailing all of club with updates about his situation and with things that GSP can do to help him while he’s missing so many of his classes,” Barnard said. “Some of his closer friends and roommates in club have begun to take things to him and his family at the hospital.”