Following an accident during Sunday’s 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, Marussia’s Jules Bianchi is now in a critical but stable position according to the latest medical reports. He underwent a surgery to treat a severe head injury he suffered during the crash. The accident occurred after Bianchi lost control of his car and crashed into a recovery vehicle.
During the race, Adrian Sutil lost control of his car before hitting the tyre barriers. It was during this period that the recovery vehicle was dispatched to clear out his car. When Bianchi approached the Dunlop corner, he also lost control under the wet conditions and went straight into the recovery vehicle. He was rushed into the Mie General Hospital where he underwent successful surgery.
The official family statement said that Bianchi had suffered a ‘diffuse axonal injury’ which is a type of brain trauma and is still in the intensive care unit.
The statement said:
The medical professionals at the hospital are providing the very best treatment and care and we are grateful for everything they have done for Jules since his accident.
This is a very difficult time for our family, but the messages of support and affection for Jules from all over the world have been a source of great comfort to us. We would like to express our sincere appreciation.
We are also grateful for the presence of Professor Gerard Saillant, President of the FIA Medical Commission, and Professor Alessandro Frati, Neurosurgeon of the University of Rome La Sapienza, who has travelled to Japan at the request of Scuderia Ferrari. They arrived at the hospital today and met with the medical personnel responsible for Jules’ treatment, in order to be fully informed of his clinical status so that they are able to advise the family. Professors Saillant and Frati acknowledge the excellent care being provided by the Mie General Medical Center and would like to thank their Japanese colleagues.
The hospital will continue to monitor and treat Jules and further medical updates will be provided when appropriate.