Earleir yesterday there were some reports suggesting that Felipe Massa might have sustained serious (and perhaps career threatening) eye injury. However later on yesterday there were more optimistic news coming from Colonel Dr. Lajos Zsiros, the chief surgeon of the Hungarian Defence Forces.
According to the doctor Massa has woken up and the doctors had no immediate plans to sedate him again.
“In the last 24 hours some major changes have gone through in the condition of Felipe Massa. His condition continues to be stable. During the CT-scan we performed we could ascertain that there was an improvement in his condition. We stopped sedation and after that Felipe Massa became capable of making contact. So in the afternoon we stopped the artificial ventilation of Felipe. As we speak he is sleepy, but he gives adequate answers to the questions we ask him, and he can move his arms and legs spontaneously. Right now he has no fever, and we have removed the drain tube from his wound. Further improvement of his condition can be expected. During the night we do not plan to do any more interventions on him.”
Contrary to earlier rumours the doctors did not comment on the eye condition as Massa was still unable to open the eye:
“We can give no positive neither negative answer to this, because at this stage the vision cannot be examined.”
Luca di Montezemolo also visited Felipe Massa in the hospital yesterday.
“I’m confident and optimistic about Felipe’s capacity to recover also because he has excellent medical care and I want to thank the staff at the AEK hospital for the work they’re doing. Thank you also to Professor Sailant and Piete, who came here immediately. Their support will be fundamental also from a psychological point of view for Felipe’s family and for the whole team.”
“It was a serious and incredible accident, but thank God this is a different situation compared to 1976 when I went to see Niki Lauda after the accident at the Nurburgring. We have to wait, but the signs are encouraging.”
According to di Montezemolo Ferrari are in no rush to confirm the replacement driver with the next race almost a month away.
Update: The doctors believe that if the recovery continues going well Massa can walk out of the hospital in about 10 days. But Peter Bazso, the medical director of the hospital, also had some words of caution to say:
“I would like to point out that although he’s recovering, this is not the end of the story, he is still in a life-threatening condition. Of course, the danger is decreasing by the day.”
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