De Villota released from La Paz hospital
26 July 2012 – María de Villota has been released from the La Paz Hospital in Madrid this week, where she has been recovering following a series of facial operations in Cambridge after a serious testing crash. The Spaniard was coasting back to her pit awning when her Marussia car violently jumped forward into the rear of a team lorry.
After the straight-line test accident, de Villota received extensive medical attention from staff and surgeons at the Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. Despite its best efforts, the medical team could not save her right eye, which had been severely injured in the crash. However, the 32-year-old has escaped any neurological damage.
"The patient's general conditions are good, which allowed us to release her yesterday," read a statement from staff at the La Paz hospital.
"In these six days, she has been treated by specialists of the plastic and neurological surgery services, and the ophthalmology department, who will continue to follow her, as she will need to undergo periodical checks and treatments.
"As communicated previously, the patient has lost her right eye, as a consequence of the serious trauma suffered, and she will be closely followed by the ophthalmology service. The specialists of the plastic surgery service will be responsible for following the serious injuries to her face and correcting the effects of those."
De Villota will now continue her recovery at home alongside family and friends.