Juan Manuel Correa has spoken publicly in his own words for the first time since being involved in a tragic accident at the Belgian Grand Prix.
The latest update from the Correa family regarding Juan Manuel’s condition is largely positive, following a length surgery last Sunday. The 19 year old Ecuadorian has been in hospital ever since being involved in an accident during the Formula 2 feature race at the Belgian Grand Prix. Correa, colliding with the already crashed car of 22 year old Frenchman Anthoine Hubert, suffered serious leg and lung injuries in the accident. Anthoine Hubert tragically passed away an hour after the crash.
Correa, initially conscious after the crash, was placed into an induced coma and on ventilation as a result of the damage to his lungs. Brought out of this coma last week as his lungs repaired sufficiently, leg surgery was made an immediate priority in order to help fix the extensive injuries he suffered. This surgery went ahead on the Sunday of the Russian Grand Prix, and a statement has since been released:
“On Sunday, September 29th, Juan Manuel Correa was admitted into a planned operation to reconstruct his lower right extremity. Doctors performed a combination of Orthopedic Flap and External Fixation Surgeries, and after 17 hours in the operating room, the 20-year-old emerged with hopeful news from doctors that the surgery was successful.”
“The days following the surgery were stressful, as though deemed a success in the operating room, the next 48 – 72 hours were critical in the final outcome of the Flap Surgery procedure.”
“Now Thursday, and more than 72 hours later, doctors are confident in a successful procedure while still under careful observation. During the procedure, doctors were forced to remove more bone material than they anticipated and solve several blood vessel issues, but state that the main objective of the surgery was achieved. Juan Manuel remains in a London hospital, and he is scheduled for one additional, less complex surgery in two weeks’ time.”
“Doctors expect Juan Manuel will be able to leave the hospital in approximately six weeks. He will then embark on the road to recovery. The next year will be full of physical therapy, rehabilitation and corrective surgeries with the aim and objective of regaining the full use of his right foot and ankle.”
For the first time, Juan Manuel has been able to speak out about the events of the past few weeks, as well as his injuries. Correa said: “These past few weeks have been extremely tough, tougher than anything I have ever faced both physically and mentally. I understand my future regarding the recovery of my legs, specifically my right leg is still quite uncertain, and that my physical rehab will be extremely long and complicated. I am still processing everything that has, and is, happening.”
“I want to thank every single person who one way or another has shown me their support. I am humbled by the immense number of caring and affectionate messages I have received. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart and know that your encouragement and positivity have made a difference.”