Eric Church had a health scare in 2017 that required emergency surgery to save his life.
During his arena tour last year "Church noticed that his hands were tingling a lot". Church tells Rolling Stone Country that once he returned to his home in North Carolina, his left hand "was not responding like it should."
Church went from thinking he had thrombosis of the arm to actually having a blood clot in his chest. The Chief was rushed to the hospital to have immediate surgery to save his life.
According to Rolling Stone, "Church later learned he had a birth defect in which his topmost rib was too close to his collarbone." The singer had been suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome and is very lucky to be alive.
After three days of recovery, Church underwent another surgery to have his top rib removed, followed by months of physical therapy and rehab. By September, he was back out on tour. He says he has suffered no long-term nerve damage; he can still play guitar, and in fact, "I play golf better than ever."