The multi-instrumentalist and vocalist talks about the rare condition he has been suffering from since his full cardiac arrest some ten years ago
Cardiacs frontman Tim Smith has opened up about the dystonia that has affected his ability to move and speak since he suffered a full cardiac arrest almost a decade ago. Though he has responded well to treatment of his condition, funding shortfalls and bureaucracy has meant his rehabilitation from this rare disorder has ground to a halt. In December he was also informed that due to recent changes in Continued Health Care, he can no longer stay at his current care home, where he was set to receive a new type of treatment. “The only way I can try and let you know how I feel at the moment,” Smith says, “is, imagine if you were wearing a skintight bodysuit made of fishnet all around you with electrical pulses going all the fucking time. This is what my body feels like unless I fall asleep.” You can read the full story about his state of health at the Cardiacs website.
Tim and his family are now hoping to raise £100,000 to cover the costs of continuing his healthcare in the absence of governmental funding. The money will hopefully secure his place in his current healthcare unit. At the time of writing just over £60,000 has already been raised via Just Giving.