Correa doctors in ‘race against time’ to operate

Date published: September 21 2019

Juan Manuel Correa

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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