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Fri Apr 25 09:06:40 SAST 2014

'De Villota recovery is remarkable'

Sapa-AFP | 12 July, 2012 08:000 Comments
Marussia Formula One test driver Maria de Villota of Spain poses prior to the Australian F1 Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne in this March 15, 2012 file photo
Image by: Daniel Munoz / REUTERS

Marussia test driver Maria De Villota is making a remarkable recovery from last week’s horrific crash which resulted in her losing her right eye, her F1 team reported on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old Spaniard required two operations at Addendrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after the accident at Duxford Airfield that saw her run into the tailgate of a stationary service vehicle.

Although her condition was life threatening over the first few days, on Monday De Villota showed enough of an improvement to be moved out of the Neurological Critical Care Unit.

A team statement read: “Despite severe injuries, Maria’s recovery during that time has been remarkable.

“Following two successful surgical procedures in the days following the accident, last Saturday the medical team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital began to gradually reduce the level of Maria’s sedation.

“By Sunday morning, Maria was awake and able to speak to her family, which provided a very important — albeit early — indication that there were positive signs for Maria’s recovery.

“Since that time, Maria has been making small but significant steps. She was moved out of the Neurological Critical Care Unit on Monday and is no longer receiving sedation.

“Her family remain by her side and she is communicating freely with them and the medical team. Medical assessments are ongoing to monitor Maria’s improving condition.”

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