De Villota undergoes further surgery
6 July 2012 – María de Villota, who suffered severe head and facial injuries during a testing crash at Duxford on Tuesday, has undergone further surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. The Spaniard directly hit the loading tray of a Marussia team lorry when returning from a straight-line run at the airfield, resulting in the loss of her right eye.
Since being admitted to the hospital for a lengthy initial operation, doctors stated that her condition had stabilised enough to warrant the most recent surgical procedure.
Marussia F1 Team statement in full:
'Earlier today, Maria underwent further surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. This was a planned procedure that would depend upon the continued stability of Maria’s head injuries, and this morning the medical team were sufficiently happy with her progress to allow the operation to go ahead.
The surgeons successfully completed the next phase of surgery required to address Maria’s facial injuries. After the lengthy initial procedure, which commenced on Tuesday and concluded on Wednesday, today’s secondary operation took significantly less time.
Since the operation today, Maria’s condition in relation to the head trauma she received has further improved, to the extent that she is now "serious but stable".
Whilst Maria remains acutely ill, this confirms that she has been responding well to the treatment she has received since her accident. Coupled with the significant progress that has been made with regard to her facial injuries, we feel sufficiently comfortable to proceed with a further update.
On a more personal note, we have taken a great deal of encouragement from today’s developments and the rather more positive signs for Maria’s family.'
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