Monger woken from coma after surgery
20 April 2017 – British Formula 4 racer Billy Monger has been woken from his induced coma following the accident at Donington Park that led to the amputation of his legs.
Monger, 17, was airlifted to hospital and underwent surgery after hitting the stranded car of rival Patrik Pasma in the final of three races, his extrication taking almost two hours.
On Wednesday, a British F4 statement confirmed that Monger's lower legs had been amputated, with his condition "critical but stable", and his vital signs "showing progress".
JHR Developments team boss Steven Hunter, who fielded Monger in Ginetta Juniors and British F4, provided a further update on the teenager's condition on Thursday.
"We've had some real positives," Hunter told Autosport.
"Billy was breathing on his own and talking, to a degree.
"He's aware of his injuries. He's exceptionally positive about the situation – he's sat there working out how to use a clutch on the steering wheel with his hands.
"That's Billy. There's a long, long road ahead, and he's going to go through some hard times, but I'm sure with the character he has he'll come through it."
Hunter set up a JustGiving page to help Monger in his rehabilitation, with over half a million pounds raised so far, including a £15,000 donation from Jenson Button.
"Jenson called us directly first," commented Hunter.
"I can only thank him for the support and for the donation – and others who shared the fundraising page like Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton and Chip Ganassi.
"We came up with this target because that's what I could see on the internet for the cost of the prosthetics. The level of rehabilitation is going to way exceed that.
"He's such a nice kid, the life and soul of the party and the most serious racing driver you'll see. It's tragic to see him in a situation like this. He's very well-loved."