Monger in induced coma after amputation

Monger in induced coma after amputation

19 April 2017 – British Formula 4 racer Billy Monger is in an induced coma following the accident at last weekend's Donington Park round that has led to the amputation of his lower legs.

Monger, 17, hit Patrik Pasma's stranded car in the final of three races, with medics taking almost two hours to extricate him, before he was airlifted to hospital and underwent surgery.

A statement issued by the series on Wednesday evening described Monger's condition as "critical but stable", while his vital signs "are showing progress and going in the right direction".

He is expected to be woken from the coma in the next few days.

"Billy's family would like to express their gratitude for the first-class medical attention given by Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham and take this opportunity to thank the medical teams, marshals, extrication crews and air ambulance staff for their skilled response and hard work," read the statement.

"Furthermore, they would like to thank Billy's colleagues, friends, fans and everyone who has demonstrated their affection for him over the past few days.

"These messages help give the great strength needed for the recovery process that lies ahead.

"The F4 community and wider motorsport world will no doubt be saddened by this news, but are asked to respect the family's wish for privacy during this difficult time."

Pasma was taken to the same hospital but was released on Monday without serious injuries.

A JustGiving page has been set up by JHR Developments boss Steven Hunter, to contribute towards the specialist treatments that will be needed for Monger's recovery.

It has been shared by drivers and teams from several categories on social media and, as of 19:30 local time, had hit £100,000 of the £260,000 target, with over 2,500 donations.

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