Next phase of Emilio's recovery begins

April 23, 2008 4:24:41 PM PDT
Tejano star Emilio Navaira is moving on to the next phase of his recovery. Navaira was moved today to Memorial Herman/TIRR in the Texas Medical Center to begin rehabilitation.

Back on March 23, Emilio was driving his own tour bus when he was involved in a serious accident. The bus struck several construction barrels along the 610 West Loop at the Highway 59 exit ramp. Emilio, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the bus approximately 30 feet.

The Bellaire Police Department says eight people, including Navaira, were in the bus. The Grammy Award winning singer was ejected, suffering severe head injuries.

"Although he still has a long way to go in his recovery, this is certainly a major milestone, and it is very encouraging for him and his family," said Dr. Alex Valadka.

Emilio is a San Antonio native who studied music at Southwest Texas State, now called Texas State University. He formed the band Emilio y Grupo Rio with his brother Raul in 1989. The band has released more than a dozen gold and platinum records and won a Grammy in 2003. Emilio performed at the rodeo's Go Tejano Day in 2007.

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