Emilio to be Moved Out of Intensive Care in Houston

Staff Report

The Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - Doctors in Houston say critically injured Tejano Star Emilio Navaira can now stand, eat and talk with his family.

He's being moved out of intensive care and could be released from the hospital in several weeks as he recovers from a March 23rd tour bas crash.

But doctors at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center say the Grammy award winner is expected to be recovering for months -- or longer.

The 45-year-old singer was behind the wheel of his bus when it slammed into some freeway barrels in the Houston area. Navaira was thrown through the windshield.

Doctors say the singer likely will have trouble with his memory and concentration during recovery, but it's a good sign was that he could write his name a few weeks ago.

Doctors had to perform two brain surgeries and repaired a potentially fatal aneurysm on Navaira's right lung.

The accident remains under investigation.