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Injured F2 driver to undergo surgery

Mat Coch

Sunday 29th September, 2019 - 8:31am

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Injured Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa is set to undergo surgery after being transferred to specialist orthopedic hospital in London.

Correa was involved in the crash which claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

The 20-year-old has been in hospital since, first in Belgium before being transferred to the UK.

He was placed in an induced coma as he recovered from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which resulted in Acute Respiratory Failure.

Now conscious, the full extent of his other injuries can be assessed, which has seen him opt for surgery over amputation of his lower right leg.

“Juan Manuel is now fully conscious, and his lungs have recovered much faster than anticipated,” a statement updating his condition read.

“His overall physical improvement and willpower have impressed the doctors.

“The main objective this week has been to get Juan Manuel in the best condition possible for his surgery on Sunday that will be 10+ hours in duration.

“Sunday’s surgery will be crucial in determining Juan Manuel’s future.

“Doctors will have, for the first time since the accident, complete access to the wounds on his lower right leg.

“They will be able to determine the actual level of damage to his tibia, ankle, and foot.

“During surgery, they will save what can be saved and remove what needs to be removed in order to rebuild his right lower leg to the best possible condition.

“The surgeons are the top in their field and are cautiously optimistic given the fast-paced recovery that Juan Manuel has had in the previous week.

The injuries that he sustained are severe, and the surgery procedure is very complex.

“The doctors gave Juan Manuel the option of right foot reconstructive amputation.

“He has chosen not to have the amputation and to proceed with the surgery, understanding all the challenges involved.”

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