Blind musician suffers seizure


Top Queenstown musician Mark Wilson sparked a roadside drama when he suffered a seizure in a car while returning from choir practice.

Emergency services rushed to the scene just outside Cromwell on February 18 after Wilson – who has been blind from birth – suddenly took ill.

He was being driven back to Queens­town by friends after rehearsing with the Central Otago Regional Choir.

The talented pianist, 40, who plays with local band the Master Blasters, was taken to Dunstan Hospital in Clyde by ambulance before being transferred to Dunedin Hospital for tests.

Medics couldn’t pinpoint the cause of the fit and Wilson is due to return to Dunedin for an MRI scan later this week after spending time recovering at his parents’ home in Cromwell.

“Mark has never had anything like this before and no one is sure what happened,” says Wilson’s concerned mother Lesley.

“He had a seizure and he still has a bit of confusion getting his words out. But he’s not too bad and still has his sense of humour.

“Mark is going to be staying with us for a while and we are going to bring his keyboard from Queens­town for him soon.”

Wilson – who last year wowed audiences in Arrowtown as musical director and pianist for the hit musical Into the Woods – has been forced to cancel a series of musical engagements due to the mystery illness.

“Everyone has been worried about Mark since we heard what happened,” says Master Blasters’ singer Margaret O’Hanlon. “He’s a great guy as well as being extremely talented and we wish him all the best for a very speedy recovery.”