Reports from Italy are that Robert Kubica continues to make excellent progress in hospital as he begins a long recovery after his serious accident he suffered while competing in a rally during last weekend.
The Renault will remain in intensive care for another two or three days, but medical staff are seemingly impressed by the progress he has already shown so soon after a mammoth seven-hour operation to repair the damage to his partially severed and fractured right hand.
The head of Santa Corona Hospital’s intensive care unit, Giorgio Barabino, has described Kubica’s progress as “excellent”.
“His conditions have improved and are good, considering the crash,” he is quoted as saying.
“No infections have arisen in the post-surgery phase. The limb is well vascularised and his life parameters are all within the norm. There is a good medical evolution, considering the heavy traumas suffered.
“At the moment we are confident on the evolution of the medical situation. Kubica will have to stay in intensive care for between 48 and 72 hours, during which all kinds of checks of the arm’s and hand’s functionality will be carried out.
“As for recovery times, after this first day we are optimistic on the future: the patient is reacting in an excellent way,” he added.
Indeed, the 26-year-old was well enough to receive several visitors in the past 24 hours, including members of his family, his manager Daniel Morelli, former Renault team principal Flavio Briatore, and his racing peers Fernando Alonso, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Pastor Maldonado.
The Polish driver will require further surgery within the next week, as the fractures to his right arm and elbow have not been surgically tended to.
And as for any predictions on Kubica’s return to competition, Dr Barabino was not comfortable offering shorter timeframes, with a one-year recovery period having originally been touted.
“[While] he is able to drink and to execute small movements with the hand,” he said, “It’s difficult to make predictions. What’s certain is that it’s rare to find such a strong patient.
“A partial recovery will be possible within a few months: we’ll see if he can reach a full functionality of his arm and hand. To reach an objective such as this, he would need one year anyway.”