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(The Royal Jesters have been influential and instrumental not only in the history of Tex-Mex but also pop/rock music in Central Texas. The albums, the awards and the accolades are too many to list but here our correspondent Ramon Hernandez provides this update on Lawson's critical condition.)

Óscar Lesley Lawson has suffered a massive stroke and officials say he needs to survive major surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain.

UPDATE 1/7: No change in status - Bobby Galvan

UPDATE 1/6: According to cllose family friend Bobby Galvan, Lawson was given last rites Thursday morning. "I was at hospital this morning (01.06.11) with Oscar and his wife, Rosemary and their children when the priest gave him the last rights." However a decision to have surgery has not been made. His family has hopes that it will not be necessary.

According to Robert González, Lawson was in the shower on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 5 when he experienced the stroke. 

Please check back for updates.

Besides being a personal friend,

González is a music consultant for East L.A. Radio in Los Angeles. Fellow Royal Jester, Enrique “Henry” Hernández, said that Lawson’s wife, Rose Mary, stated Óscar was complaining about a headache when he fell and hit his head on the tub. However, Hernández was too choked up and didn’t want to know anything else. 

“There’re other people that know more and I know I’ll find out later,” Hernández said as his voice trailed off in the emotion of the moment. 

“Normally a stroke results in major damage to one side of the brain, in Lawson’s case, the stroke affected both the front and back of the brain; and the damage is extremely extensive,” Gonzáles said

In other words the stroke affected his right and left sides of the brain. 

Lawson has a five percent chance of making it, but physically, officials indicate he may remain a quadriplegic. If so, this translates to complete paralysis of the body from the neck down. In regard to senses and emotions, Lawson stands to lose speech and the ability to understand speech; plus other senses, such as taste and smell – not to mention thinking and perception. 

While some damage can be minimized with rehabilitation therapy, the damage may be irreversible.

Lawson and Hernández’s musical history dates back to 1956 when they and Mike Pedraza, all Sidney Lanier High School students formed the Young Ones. In fact, Hernández, then with The Five Angels, dropped out of the angelic group to join Lawson and Pedraza. 

A little known fact about Lawson is that after he graduated, he felt a calling for the priesthood and entered a Jesuit Seminary in Louisiana.  
 
“When he came back from the seminary



 

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