Parmalee drummer Scott Thomas is out of the hospital more than a month after being shot three times during a thwarted robbery in South Carolina.
A statement released at 1:30 p.m. Monday said Thomas, 37, has been released from Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he underwent several surgeries for wounds suffered outside a Rock Hill, S.C., nightclub on Sept. 21. The statement did not specify when Thomas was released.
“Scott will convalesce and continue his recovery in an undisclosed treatment facility,” according to the statement. “The Parmalee family asks that Scott be allowed to recover without unnecessary distraction and his privacy be respected.”
Thomas suffered extensive damage to his femoral artery and endured significant swelling that required dialysis treatment.
The swelling continues to be a problem in Thomas’ right leg, according to the statement.
Doctors have had to perform a fasciotomy, where the connective tissue surrounding the muscles, blood vessel and nerves in that leg are cut to relieve swelling, according to the statement.
They believe it needs to remain open to aid in the fluid removal, the release said.
“He does not need to remain hospitalized while waiting for this reduction of fluid to occur,” the release said. “Scott will be able to continue to remove fluid, heal and perform physical therapy outside of a hospital environment.
“Scott has big steps remaining on an extremely long road of recovery,” it said.
Thomas was shot when two men, identified as Dytavis Hinton, 22, and Demario Burris, 22, entered the band’s bus and demanded money at gunpoint.
Thomas exchanged gunfire with the assailants. Burris was killed at the scene. Hinton also was shot and was treated for his injuries.
He is in jail awaiting trial on charges of murder, attempted murder, burglary, attempted armed robbery and possession of a gun during a violent crime in South Carolina.
“Scott will battle the pain of the existing condition to induce proper healing. Scott’s chance of future hospitalization or outpatient treatment is undetermined and inconclusive at this date,” the release said.
“The factors that determine Scott’s ultimate health and restored condition are contingent upon prayer, motivation and hard work.”
Individuals who want to assist Thomas and his band mates can make donations at www.helpparmalee.com.