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Charalambides Guitarist Tom Carter On the Mend

Tom Carter, guitarist for Charalambides, the influential and prolific ex-Houston avant-garde/psychedelic duo, is out of intensive care and recovering at a rehabilitation hospital in Ahrenshoop, Germany after awakening from a medically induced coma last week. Carter's bandmate and ex-wife, Christina Carter, says he could be well enough to fly back to the United States as soon as the first of next month.

Carter was on tour with Charalambides when he began feeling ill and was hospitalized in Berlin May 31. Doctors diagnosed pneumonia, but decided to put him in a coma after further complications, and he remained in the ICU for 40 days until waking up and being transferred to a rehab hospital earlier this month.

"We went there thinking they were going to say, 'Oh, you have a virus or something or the flu, here's some antibiotics,' Christina told Rocks Off from her home in Austin last week. "But [doctors] said 'No, you have to stay here. We have to observe you at least a couple of days. That's when he went really downhill and they put him into ICU that night. It was really a last-minute kind of thing."

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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