Doctors 'confident' in Correa's condition after 17-hour leg surgery


F2 racer Juan Manuel Correa underwent a 17-hour surgery procedure last Sunday that was deemed successful by doctors, although the Alfa Romeo Racing junior driver remains under close observation.

Correa survived the horrendous crash that claimed the life of fellow Formula 2 racer Anthoine Hubert at Spa last month.

But lung complications coupled with severe injuries to the 20-year-old's lower right leg forced doctors in Liège to place Correa in an induced coma.

He was later transferred to a specialized intensive care unit in London where he recovered from his lung condition. Doctors were then allowed to address his leg fractures which were so severe that a partial amputation was envisaged.

According to the Correa family's latest statement, last Sunday's lengthy procedure went according to plan.

"The days following the surgery were stressful as though deemed a success in the operating room, the next 48-72 hours were critical in the final outcome of the Flap Surgery procedure," the statement read.

"Now, Thursday, and more than 72 hours later, doctors are confident in a successful procedure while still under careful observation.

"During the procedure, doctors were forced to remove more bone material than they anticipated and solve several blood vessel issues, but state that the main objective of the surgery was achieved.

“Juan Manuel remains in a London hospital and he is scheduled for one additional, less complex surgery in two weeks' time.

“Doctors expect Juan Manuel will be able to leave the hospital in approximately six weeks. He will then embark on the road to recovery.

"The next year will be full of physical therapy, rehabilitation and corrective surgeries with the aim and objective of regaining the full use of his right foot and ankle."


The statement also included a few encouraging words from Juan Manuel himself.

"This past few weeks have been extremely tough, tougher than anything I have ever faced both physically and mentally," said the F2 racer.

"I understand my future regarding the recovery of my legs, specifically my right leg is still quite uncertain, and that my physical rehab will be extremely long and complicated. I am still processing everything that has, and is, happening.

"I want to thank every single person who one way or a another has shown me their support. I am humbled by the immense number of caring and affectionate messages I have received.

"Thank you all from the bottom of my heart and know that your encouragement and positivity have made a difference."

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