Juan Manuel Correa removed from coma but faces major surgery

Juan Manuel Correa removed from coma but faces major surgery

Juan Manuel Correa removed from coma but faces major surgery

American F2 driver Juan Manuel Correa has been taken out of an induced coma following a positive step in his recovery from injuries sustained at the Belgian Grand Prix, but remains in a serious condition.

Correa, 20, suffered a spinal injury and broken legs in the crash at Spa, Belgium on 31 August that killed 22-year-old Frenchman Anthoine Hubert.

The Quito born racer was travelling at 170 mph (270 kph) at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium on August 31 when a collision with Hubert's vehicle left Correa needing an initial four hours of surgery at Liege hospital.

The statement continued: 'Doctors report that this will take a few days due to being in induced coma for more than two weeks, ' they added.

"The medical priority for Juan Manuel now shifts from the lungs to the leg injuries that were sustained more than two weeks ago and have not been addressed since the initial emergency intervention (on) the day of the incident", they said.

"Doctors are in a race against time to perform a pending major surgery in order to minimize risk of irreversible injuries to his right lower extremity but can't proceed until lungs are ready to withstand a lengthy operation".

Hubert died when his vehicle was hit at speed by Correa's after the French driver crashed into the barriers and returned to the track at Spa's fast Raidillon corner during the Belgian Grand Prix support race on August 31.

He developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and has been in intensive care and in an induced coma in a London hospital, with an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine providing support. 'They have also stated that Juan Manuel is fragile and still vulnerable medically speaking and that he remains in the Intensive Care Unit'. He is conscious, but not fully yet awake, and his condition has been revised from critical to serious.

Correa has been racing with the Sauber junior team this season and achieved second place finishes in France and Baku.

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