Just over six months after his horrific accident where he crashed into a recovery tractor at Suzuka, Jules Bianchi’s condition remains unchanged according to his father.
An emotional Philippe Bianchi spoke to Nice-Matin newspaper about the initial extent of Bianchi’s injuries and his continuous fight to survive.
“Every day, Jules is doing a marathon. From a medical point of view, his condition is stable. It is fairly autonomous – no physical problem. All his organs are working without assistance. But for now, he remains unconscious, in a coma.
“For this kind of trauma, as we know, evolution is very slow. Compared to what we were told by the Japanese professor who was immediately operated in Yokkaichi, this is already night and day. There, when we arrived, with Jules’ mum, there was no hope. The prognosis was alarming.
“There was talk of irreversible damage.
“Neurologically, the doctors told us that there is no specific intervention to do. The most important thing is to stimulate Jules, that he feels a constant presence at his side. That’s why we take turns every day – his mother, his sister, his brother and me. He also has, Gina, his German girlfriend, who lives here now.”
Bianchi spent the entire time after his accident in the Mie Prefectural General Medical Center’s intensive care unit in an induced coma and on artificial respiration. He was taken off respiration in late November and was flown to the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice, in the south of France, where he is under the care of Professors Marc Raucoules and Professeur Carole Ichai, under the head of neurosurgery Professeur Philippe Paquis.
“Jules is young. He is 25 years old. He is very strong physically as he survived such a shock. You know, I’m very proud of Jules. I have always been. So we hope for a new development.
“From time to time, at his bedside, we see that things are happening. At times, he is more active, he moves more, his hand shakes – but is it mere reflex reactions or real? It’s hard to know. The important thing is that he is being looked after by excellent specialists.
“Those people who think of him, pray for him, it is a fabulous motivator. I’m sure Jules hears. Today I want to again thank them all. And tell them that we will give news, whether it is good or bad.”
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