Correa: I must return for myself and Hubert

Juan Manuel Correa is determined to return to racing for himself and for Anthoine Hubert who was killed at Spa this season.

The pair along with Giuliano Alesi were involved in a horror crash at Spa’s Raidillon corner in the F2 Feature Race. Hubert died from his injuries several hours after, while Correa was left with severe leg injuries and placed in an induced coma for a time.

The Ecuadorian born American racer was competing in his first F2 season, making the podium in Azerbaijan and France while he also tested for Alfa Romeo mid-season. His return to racing, if it happens, won’t come any time soon, but the 20-year-old is determined to compete again not only for himself, but for Hubert as well.

“It took me a few weeks to accept everything, it is difficult to understand with pain drugs in the hospital. It took me time to accept it, but my attitude is pragmatic, nothing will change what happened, so I have to make the best of it,” he is quoted as having told Mundo Sport.

“Of course I feel sadness, Anthoine was a good friend, but now I feel that I have to return not only for myself but also for him.

“It was an accident that changed my life, not only physically but mentally. When you have an experience so close to death and you go out alive, your eyes open beyond motor racing. There were moments in the hospital where I wasn’t sure if I wanted to race again.

“I realised that racing is not the most important thing, it is my passion, but such an accident shows you the priorities, and my priority was my health and my family. Leaving that hole I had time to reflect. My passion is still racing.

“A friend asked me if this turns off my F1 dream. I told him that an accident does not turn off the dream, it does make you think if you want to take a risk for a dream. And I decided that I want to continue doing so because it is my dream.”

Juan Manuel Correa still in induced coma but condition has "slightly improved".

Doctors were in a race against time to save Correa’s right leg with the youngster’s health for a long period not strong enough to withstand an operation, but they were successfully able to rebuild it.

“I lost six centimeters of bone in the lower part of the tibia, it is growing again with a special device, that’s why I have all those metals pieces around my leg that you see in social media,” he explained.

“I grow the bone by one millimeter per day. On December 23 I have the next surgery where the bone will reach the foot. Then the process will come where the new bone will get strengthened hard so it can support weight.

“After that the metals will be removed to recover as much as possible, and assess how much pain or mobility I have and see what other operations follow.

“At the beginning the doctors expected two years to make the recovery, but my body is doing everything faster, it recovers and regenerates the bones faster than normal. Being optimistic, in a year we could have the full idea of ​​how much more I can recover or if I will get just to there.”

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Correa ‘grateful to be here, be alive’

Juan Manuel Correa, speaking via video for the first time since his horror F2 crash, has sent his “deepest condolences” to Anthoine Hubert’s family.

Correa and Hubert crashed on the second lap of the Formula 2 feature race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

While Correa suffered severe leg injuries, Hubert did not survive.

20-year-old Correa has since undergone a massive operation on his lower right leg having opted against amputation.

“It’s been a very rough five weeks since the accident,” he said via Instagram.

“Obviously, I’ve never said it publicly but I want to give my deepest condolences to the Hubert family.

“It’s been such a shock to everyone that such an accident happened. You never really think something like that can happen and especially not to you, until it does.

“I’m just grateful to be here even though obviously I have a long road of recovery and it’s still uncertain if I will ever recover to 100 percent.

“I am very grateful to be alive, and very grateful to the people who have been with me the past five weeks.”

“I’m very grateful to my family and for the support over the past few weeks. Without them, I would not have made it.

“This has changed my life and how I see things and the way I think about life and everything in general.

“It has been a life-changing experience and I want to thank all the support and messages from people I don’t know personally.

“I’ve read almost all of them, spending all day reading and trying to answer as many as possible.”

Correa revealed that it could be 10 months to a year before he knows the outcome of the leg operation.

“It is what it is,” he added.

“I have accepted what happened and I can only be positive now and work as hard as possible for the fastest recovery possible and the best recovery as well.

“The plan will be to have another surgery next Monday and that should be the last surgery here in London.

“And after that, beginning of November, I should be travelling to Miami to see my siblings and to start my full on recovery.

“This should last, according to the doctors here, they’re expecting it to last 10 months to a year before I can really tell how the right foot really is.

“At the moment I have a metal frame that doesn’t let me move the foot at all so it’s just healing. That will be there for at least eight to 10 months.

“We will see what happens but I’m positive, there’s nothing else to do.

“I can either me here and feel sorry for myself and be depressed or I can just get on with it and be positive and do the best I can for the recovery.”

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Correa returns to social media with emotional message

F2 racer Juan-Manuel, who was severely injured in the horrendous accident that cost the life of fellow hopeful Anthoine Hubert at Spa last month, made an emotional return to social media on Tuesday.

It’s been a challenging and demanding past five weeks for the American-Ecuadorian driver, who was placed in a coma and on life support following his ordeal at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The 20-year-old Sauber junior driver also endured recently a crucial intervention on his lower right leg which doctors have so far saved from amputation.

Yesterday, Correa posted a series of short videos on his Instagram account in which he personally expressed his condolences to the Hubert family.

“It’s been a very rough five weeks since the accident,” he said.

“Obviously, I’ve never said it publicly but I want to give my deepest condolences to the Hubert family. It’s been such a shock to everyone that such an accident happened. You never really think something like that can happen and especially not to you, until it does.

“I’m just grateful to be here even though obviously I have a long road of recovery and it’s still uncertain if I will ever recover to 100%. I am grateful to be alive, and to the people who have been with me the past five weeks.”

Correa paid a heartfelt tribute to his family and to all those that supported his recovery efforts during a period of distress which he says says has changed his life.

“I’m very grateful to my family and for the support over the past few weeks. Without them, I would not have made it.

“This has really changed my life, the way I see things, the way I think about life and everything in general. It’s been a life-changing experience.”

The young driver says he has come to terms with his situation, adding that he will undergo one final operation in London before returning to his home in the US.

“It is what it is, I have accepted what happened and I can only be positive now and work as hard as possible for the fastest recovery possible and the best recovery as well.

“The plan will be to have another surgery next Monday and that will be the last surgery here in London. And after that, beginning of November, I should be travelling to Miami to see my siblings and to start my full on recovery.

“This should last, according to the doctors here, they’re expecting it to last 10 months to a year before I can start to really tell how the right foot really is because at the moment I have a metal frame that doesn’t let me move the foot at all so it’s just healing. That will be there for at least eight to 10 months.

“We will see what happens but I’m positive, there’s nothing else to do,” he concluded.

“I can either me here and be sorry for myself and be depressed or I can just get on with it and be positive and do the best I can for the recovery.”

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Correa doctors in ‘race against time’ to operate

Doctors are in a “race against time” to perform major surgery on Juan Manuel Correa’s legs in order to minimise risk of irreversible injuries.

Correa suffered horrific leg injuries when he collided with Anthoine Hubert at the F2 feature race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

The American initially spent time in a Belgian hospital before being moved to a specialist unit in the UK.

However, upon arrival he was placed in a medically-induced coma having suffered Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.

On Friday his family announced that he had taken out of a medically-induced coma but that his surgeons now face a race against time to operate on his legs.

“The medical priority for Juan Manuel now shifts from the lungs to the leg injuries that were sustained more than two weeks ago and have not been addressed since the initial emergency intervention the day of the incident,” read the statement.

“Doctors are in a race against time to perform a pending major surgery in order to minimise risk of irreversible injuries to his right lower extremity but can’t proceed until lungs are ready to withstand a lengthy operation.”

The family added: “Juan Manuel is conscious, but not fully yet awake. Doctors report that this will take a few days due to being in induced coma for more than two weeks.

“They have also stated that Juan Manuel is fragile and still vulnerable medically speaking and that he remains in the Intensive Care Unit. His condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.”

 

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NEWS – Medical Update: Juan Manuel Correa – Friday September 20, 2019 As of today, Juan Manuel Correa has been removed from the ECMO machine, life support and taken out of induced coma. While this is great news and a major step in the right direction, he is still in a race against time. Juan Manuel is conscious, but not fully yet awake. Doctors report that this will take a few days due to being in induced coma for more than two weeks. They have also stated that Juan Manuel is fragile and still vulnerable medically speaking and that he remains in the Intensive Care Unit. His condition has been upgraded from critical to serious. The medical priority for Juan Manuel now shifts from the lungs to the leg injuries that were sustained more than two weeks ago and have not been addressed since the initial emergency intervention the day of the incident. Doctors are in a race against time to perform a pending major surgery in order to minimize risk of irreversible injuries to his right lower extremity but can’t proceed until lungs are ready to withstand a lengthy operation. Additional details will be provided on Juan Manuel’s condition when available. #StayStrongJM NEWS – Informe Medico de Juan Manuel Correa, Viernes 20 de Septiembre 2019 Juan Manuel va ganando su particular carrera de resistencia y ya le ha sido retirada la respiración asistida por medio de la máquina ECMO y el respirador artificial. Está iniciándose el proceso para salir del coma inducido. Aunque esto significa un gran avance en la buena dirección, todavía está librando una carrera contra el crono. Juan Manuel está consciente pero no ha despertado del todo. Como señalan los médicos, despertar después de más de dos semanas en coma inducido es un proceso lento, que se va desarrollando paulatinamente y que requiere su tiempo. Juan Manuel es aun frágil y todavía vulnerable medicamente hablando y por el momento seguirá en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos, pero su condición ha pasado de ser crítica a grave”. La prioridad médica para Juan Manuel va pasando lentamente de los pulmones a las piernas, que no han sido tratadas en profundidad desde la intervención de urgencia del día del accidente.

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Correa taken off life support but 'race against time' begins

Juan Manuel Correa has been taken off life support, but doctors now face “a race against time” to address the American driver’s severe leg injuries.

Correa was injured in the horrific crash that claimed the life of F2 racer Anthoine Hubert at Spa during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

The 20-year-old Sauber junior driver suffered extensive trauma to his lungs and lower legs, and was initially treated in Liège before being transferred to a special intensive care unit in London where he was placed in an induced coma.

The family released on Friday evening the following update on Juan Manuel’s condition:

“As of today, Juan Manuel Correa has been removed from the ECMO machine, life support and taken out of induced coma.

“While this is great news and a major step in the right direction, he is still in a race against time.

“Juan Manuel is conscious, but not fully yet awake. Doctors report that this will take a few days due to being in induced coma for more than two weeks.

“They have also stated that Juan Manuel is fragile and still vulnerable medically speaking and that he remains in the Intensive Care Unit. His condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.

“The medical priority for Juan Manuel now shifts from the lungs to the leg injuries that were sustained more than two weeks ago and have not been addressed since the initial emergency intervention the day of the incident.

“Doctors are in a race against time to perform a pending major surgery in order to minimize risk of irreversible injuries to his right lower extremity but can’t proceed until lungs are ready to withstand a lengthy operation.

“Additional details will be provided on Juan Manuel’s condition when available.”

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Correa’s condition has ‘improved slightly’

Formula 2 racer Juan Manuel Correa remains in an induced coma, but his family have reported slight improvements in his condition.

Correa was left with serious injuries after the F2 horror-crash in Belgium which claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert.

Correa suffered leg fractures and a spinal injury and was transferred to an intensive care unit in London, but upon his arrival he was diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and placed in an induced coma in the Intensive Care Unit.

His parents have released a statement confirming that “key vital indicators have improved slightly while others have deteriorated very little” and they remain hopeful that their son will recover.

As quoted by Racefans.net, his parents say that they “have good days and bad days as well as long nights and short nights but with the support of the motorsports community, our friends, family, country and fans, we continue to pray for Juan Manuel.

“Juan Manuel remains in a state of induced coma with paralysis in order for his lungs to get as much rest as possible. Continuing to be assisted by an ECMO [Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation] machine many of the key vital indicators have improved slightly while others have deteriorated very little.

“We have been reminded by the doctors that as long as Juan Manuel continues in an upward trend of improvement, even if very little, it is all that we can ask for at the moment. Infections are under control and respiratory indicators remain stable and all vital signs continue to remain consistent and stable.

“We believe in our son’s strength and determination, we see the minor improvement as an indication of him starting to turn the tide in his favour, we just need him to do it a little quicker.

“Doctors continue to monitor and change the bandages when necessary and confirm that the fractures are multiple and severe. Additional surgeries will be required once Juan Manuel’s lungs improve to a state that it is safe for doctors to proceed.”

Correa’s family expressed their gratitude to the fans for their supportive messages.

“We would like to thank each and every person that has called, text, sent emails and reached out on social media,” they said.

“We have received and read or continue to read and show all the messages to Juan Manuel. Your messages help him to fight and never give up.

“This will be the biggest single motivator for Juan Manuel when he regains consciousness. We invite fans and friends to continue to send supportive messages via social media or to [email protected] Again, thank you for your support.”

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F2 racer Correa 'improving slightly' in hospital

Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa’s condition is reported to have improved slightly as he continues to receive treatment in hospital following his huge accident at Spa-Francorchamps two weeks ago.

The huge collision claimed the life of fellow F2 star Anthoine Hubert and left Correa with severe injuries.

The 20-year-old Ecuadorian-American been hospitalised ever since, and was subsequently transferred from Liege in Belgium to intensive care in a London hospital after suffering acute respiratory failure.

A new medical update from the family of the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz driver says that he remains in an induced coma but that he has shown some sighs of improvement in the last few days.

“Our son, Juan Manuel, remains in the Intensive Care Unit at a hospital in London, England, with my wife and I at his side,” said the statement issued on behalf of the Correa family on Friday.

“We have good days and bad days as well as long nights and short nights but with the support of the motorsports community, our friends, family, country and fans, we continue to pray for Juan Manuel.

“Juan Manuel remains in a state of induced coma with paralysis in order for his lungs to get as much rest as possible,” the statement continued.

“Continuing to be assisted by an ECMO machine, many of the key vital indicators have improved slightly while others have deteriorated very little.

“We have been reminded by the doctors that as long as Juan Manuel continues in an upward trend of improvement, even if very little, it is all that we can ask for at the moment.

“Infections are under control and respiratory indicators remain stable and all vital signs continue to remain consistent and stable.

“We believe in our son’s strength and determination,” the update added. “We see the minor improvement as an indication of him starting to turn the tide in his favour. We just need him to do it a little quicker.

“Doctors continue to monitor and change the bandages when necessary and confirm that the fractures are multiple and severe.

“Additional surgeries will be required once Juan Manuel’s lungs improve to a state that it is safe for doctors to proceed.”

The family also said that it wishes to thank fans for their support and best wishes that they had sent for his continued recovery.

“We would like to thank each and every person that has called, text, sent emails and reached out on social media,” they said.

“We have received and read or continue to read and show all the messages to Juan Manuel

“Your messages help him to fight and never give up. This will be the biggest single motivator for Juan Manuel when he regains consciousness.

“We invite fans and friends to continue to send supportive messages via social media or to [email protected].

“Again, thank you for your support.”

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Correa Moved to UK As Recovery Continues

American-Ecuadorian Formula Two racer Juan Manuel Correa is being moved to intensive care in Britain after being injured in an accident that killed French driver Anthoine Hubert at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium last weekend.

The 20-year-old suffered a spinal injury and fractures to his legs in Saturday’s horrific crash during the support race for the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix.

“Juan Manuel Correa will be transferred today (to) a specialised ICU located in the United Kingdom,” a statement issued by his media team said on Tuesday.

“He will continue his recovery process in the care of a specialist team of physicians.”

Correa, a development driver for the Alfa Romeo Formula One team and grandson of former Ecuadorian president Rodrigo Borja, underwent more than four hours of surgery in Liege after the accident. He remains in a stable condition.


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