Injured Formula 2 Championship driver Juan Manuel Correa will undergo major orthopaedic surgery in a bid to save his right leg after being declared well enough for surgeons to attempt the next phase of his recovery.

The American-Ecuadorian driver suffered major chest and leg injuries in a sickening crash at the Formula 2 Feature Race at Spa-Francorchamps which tragically claimed the life of fellow driver Anthoine Hubert. Correa was initially treated in Belgium before being transferred to the United Kingdom and temporarily placed in an induced coma to treat major chest injuries and post-surgery complications.

After being removed from artificial respiration last week, the 20-year-old is “fully conscious, [with] his lungs have recovered much faster than anticipated,” according to a statement issued by the Correa family.

“His overall physical improvement and willpower has doctors impressed. The main objective this week has been to get Juan Manuel in the best condition possible for his surgery on Sunday that will be 10+ hours in duration,” they added.

Having previously been in too critical a condition to treat multiple right leg fractures, his surgery will give doctors their first access to treat the wounds on his lower right leg and determine the extent of the injuries to his tibia, ankle and foot.

“During surgery, they will save what can be saved and removed what needs to be removed in order to rebuild his right lower leg to the best possible condition. The surgeons are the top in their field and are cautiously optimistic given the fast-paced recovery that Juan Manuel has had in the previous week,” the statement adds.

An option open to Correa was a reconstructive amputation of his right foot, which he has refused.

“He has chosen NOT to have the amputation and to proceed with the surgery, understanding all the challenges involved,” the family statement concludes.

Image via FIA Formula 2 Championship

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