Barker: 'Thankful to Be Alive'

Wants to hold kids again, play drums
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Oct 8, 2008 11:00 AM CDT
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and his daughter Alabama wait at a valet stand on W. 3rd Street July 29, 2007 in Los Angeles, Calif.    (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker says he's glad to be alive after suffering severe burns in a fiery plane crash last month. "My biggest fear ever is to be involved in a plane crash, so ... I'm just grateful to be here at all,” Barker told Us Weekly magazine from the hospital. "I am doing the best I can possibly be.”

"I've just been in surgery after surgery. I have third-degree burns basically from my feet up to my waist and both hands. One of my hands has second-degree burns and one has third-degree burns. I'm trying to have a quick recovery and play the drums again and be able to hold my kids again."