Formula One Racer Jules Bianchi Suffers Severe Traumatic Brain Injury During Race in Japan

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Bianchi at a press conference for the race on October 2nd. Source AFP Photo/Toshifumi Kitamura

Bianchi at a press conference for the race on October 2nd. Source AFP Photo/Toshifumi Kitamura

While one former Formula One racing champion is making progress in his rehabilitation from a severe traumatic brain injury unrelated to racing, another driver, Jules Bianchi, has suffered a severe brain injury during a race in Japan which has put him in critical but stable condition.

“Jules remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi. He has suffered a diffuse axonal injury and is in a critical but stable condition,” said the statement released by Bianchi’s family and hospital on Tuesday.

“The medical professionals at the hospital are providing the very best treatment and care and we are grateful for everything they have done for Jules since his accident.”

The injury occurred during a terrifying high-speed wreck into a recovery vehicle working to clean up a previous crash along the side of the track during the rainy Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday. The driver was unconscious when loaded onto the ambulance and underwent immediate emergency surgery on his brain upon arriving at the hospital.

The race was stopped following Bianchi’s crash and race organizers are now facing criticism for allowing the race to continue despite torrential downpours related to an approaching typhoon. Numerous drivers complained before and during the race about lack of visibility due to spray and lack of light.

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One Response to Formula One Racer Jules Bianchi Suffers Severe Traumatic Brain Injury During Race in Japan

  1. M.Duchesne November 16, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    I am 55 ,and I have seen many F1 accidents in the past,but none of them have touched me as much as this one .Since this very day my heart beat for this gifted and prodigal men ,I am sure he will get back soon ,a beautifull gentlemen like him deserves the very best in life.Courage a Jules et a toute sa famille ainsi qu’à sa conjointe.Que touts nos meilleures voeux et souhaits vous accompagnés Du Québec au Canada..

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