F2 racer Juan Manuel Correa has suffered an acute respiratory failure and has been placed in an induced coma according to a statement from the driver's family.
Following last weekend's horrendous crash in the FIA Formula 2 feature race at Spa which claimed the life of 22-year-old Anthoine Hubert, Correa was air-lifted to Liège where he was diagnosed with severe leg and feet injuries and minor spinal damage.
The American-Ecuadorian driver was transferred from intensive care to a specialized unit in London earlier this week, but unfortunately developed a case of 'Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome' which has complicated the 20-year-old's recovery process.
Juan Manuel Correa's family issued the following statement:
"First of all, on behalf of our son we wish to thank everyone within and outside the motorsports community for the wonderful and caring get well wishes that we have received, as well as messages for a speedy recovery. We are confident that Juan Manuel will review them all himself once he is back in charge of his social media accounts.
"Honoring our son’s straight-to-the-point and honesty that characterizes him, we wish to update you on the status of his injuries and physical condition. As time has progressed, new complications have surfaced as a consequence of the massive impact he suffered Saturday in Belgium. On his arrival to London, Juan Manuel was diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. This is an injury considered common in high impact accidents such as this one.
"Unfortunately, this injury resulted in Juan Manuel falling into Acute Respiratory Failure. Juan Manuel is currently in an Intensive Care Unit that specializes in respiratory injuries. At this point of time he is an in induced state of unconsciousness and under ECMO support. Juan Manuel is in critical but stable condition.
"We are confident that our son will surprise us like he always does with his tremendous fighting will and strength and will recover completely.
"At this time, we kindly request that our privacy and space be respected. As a family, we need to pull together and be 100% there for Juan Manuel.
“Maria and I wish to take this opportunity to give our condolences to the Hubert family for their loss. Our hearts are broken, and we can only imagine the pain this loss has brought them."