The first images of Robert Kubica outside of the confines of hospital have been published, with the images showing the steadily-recovering 27-year-old is now up and about after suffering horrific injuries in a rally accident in February.
The Renault driver suffered multiple fractures on the right-hand side of his body – particularly to his leg, arm and elbow – as well as a partial amputation of his right hand when he crashed into an Armco barrier while competing in a minor rally event during the Formula 1 pre-season.
After spending ten weeks recovering in hospital, the Pole was recently discharged and now lives in the Italian town of Pietrasanta.
Understandably reclusive, reports in the Polish press claims he only travels to and from a rehabilitation centre in the nearby town of Viareggio, where he undergoes rigorous outpatient treatment under the supervision of Renault’s head medical supervisor, Dr Riccardo Ceccarelli.
The photos a frail-looking Kubica is able to walk with the assistance of a crutch under the supervision of his girlfriend, Edyta Witas. He is shown walking slowly and deliberately with a pronounced limp.
His horrifically-injured right arm – immobilised with a stabiliser – hangs limply, and shows long scars from the operations to reattach the severed limb and restore crucial nerve function. As circulation is still being restored, his fingers and wrist show obvious swelling.
While he clearly has a long road to recovery ahead of him, it’s heartening to see these pictures of him.
[Images via Fakt.pl]