More details have emerged on Robert Kubica’s condition after his rallying accident, with the Renault driver now in an induced coma in intensive care recovery after a mammoth operation to repair his injuries, which medical staff have said could rule him out of action for the entire 2011 season.
Staff have confirmed that the Pole’s right hand was partially severed after his accident just minutes into the opening stage of the Ronde di Andora rally event.
Kubica lost control of his Super 2000 Skoda Fabia only a few kilometres into the event, clipping a wall and crashing into the end of a barrier that penetrated the cockpit of of his car, hitting Kubica and badly injuring the right side of his body.
Despite initial fears that his hand may have to be amputated, surgeons have performed a mammoth seven-hour operation to reattach the bloody supply and hold hopes that the surgery will prove successful.
The surgery was performed by noted hand surgeon Dr Igor Rossello, who told media that it would take several days to gauge the success of the operation, while adding that Kubica could take up to a year to completely recover.
“We need to wait for a week at least to verify whether the hand survives,” he was quoted in the Italian media.
“The nerve lesions are the ones that leave us with the most question marks over the recovery of [its] functions.
“Rehabilitation will be relatively long, probably one year. He came here with multiple traumas, with several associated injuries,” he added, while also stating that further surgery may be performed, if needed.
“I think it is quite difficult now, but you never know. Drivers are always very special patients. I have a lot of motorbike patients and they heal in a much faster way – faster than normal people.”
Kubica’s co-driver, Jakub Gerber, was uninjured in the accident and said he had no knowledge of what led to the accident.
“We were on the first four kilometres of the first special stage. I was looking at the notes and didn’t notice that the car was skidding,” he told reporters.
“Only when we crashed I saw Robert holding his arm, and after a few moments he lost consciousness.
“Robert isn’t just a great driver, he is a friend. I just hope he can recover soon.”
And so say all of us!
Stay tuned to Richard’s F1 for further news as it comes to hand.
[Original images via La Stampa]
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