BUDAPEST, Hungary – Monday 27th July – Chief surgeon at AEK hospital Lajos Zsiros said Formula One driver Felipe Massa is now breathing unassisted and moving his limbs from his F1 Crash.
A drain from his skull wound had also been removed. The 28-year-old Brazilian is groggy but able to answer questions. Zsiros says further improvement can be expected. Felipe is awake and talking to family members after his high-speed crash two days before.
Massa was near death for two days after he crashed into a tire barrier at 120 mph Saturday during qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Massa was hurt when a spring that had fallen from Rubens Barrichello's car struck him on the helmet at 162mph, dazing him and causing him to lose control and crash into the tyre barriers at high speed.
"Felipe is awake.. He's very well and everyone is very happy with his condition," said Dino Altman, Massa's family doctor. "He wants to know what happened to him and he answered some questions." Several fragments of bone from the skull had to be removed during the operation. Massa also experienced some brain swelling. Dr. Robert Veres, part of the three-man crew that performed the two-hour operation, said Massa would not be able to race again this season. The Brazilian's long-term career plans are also uncertain. Doctors are concerned about injuries to Massa's left eye. Massa will have to remain at least a week to 10 days in hospital.
Raffaela, Massa's wife (six months pregnant with their first child), thinks he won’t have any long-term injuries and hopes he will return to racing.
"He is doing good," she told Brazil's Globo TV. "Soon he will be giving joy to all in his little red car on the speedway."
"Felipe's been an important member of the Ferrari family for many years, since he arrived as a kid. We all hope that he can come back soon," Di Montezemelo said. "(Team principal Stefano) Domenicali has to think and make good proposals for the future. We don't want to wait too long for Felipe. First priority now is to find out about Felipe, only at that moment will we take a decision."
F1's governing body said Monday it will investigate the F1 accident. The report will also address last week's death of an F2 driver who was struck in the head by a loose tire from another car.
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