More surgery for Marussia test driver Maria de Villota today
By Berthold Bouman
While 24 drivers were battling it out on a very soggy Silverstone circuit, Maria de Villota was fighting her own battle and underwent further surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge today, according to a statement of the Marussia Formula One Team which was issued this evening.
The statement said it was a planned operation, the medical team was happy with the progress de Villota had made since Wednesday, and decided to go ahead with today’s operation.
The statement read, “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.”
This much-needed second operation is a further indication as to how serious the Marussia driver’s injuries are, but in the statement her condition is now no longer described as ‘critical’ as the Marussia team also reported, “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.”