Correa in ICU, ‘stable but critical’

Date published: September 7 2019

Juan Manuel Correa

Juan Manuel Correa, who was involved in the fatal crash that killed Anthoine Hubert at Spa, is in Intensive Care in a “critical but stable condition” says his family.

Correa suffered leg fractures and a small spinal injury when he hit the out of control Hubert on the second lap of the Formula 2 feature race at the Belgian GP.

He was initially airlifted to the CHU Liege hospital where he underwent surgery, spending a few days in the Belgian hospital before being transferred to England.

Upon his arrival in London he was diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and placed in an induced coma in the Intensive Care Unit.

He remains in a “stable but critical” condition.

His parents, Juan Carlos and Maria Correa, released the following statement:

“First of all, on behalf of our son we wish to thank everyone within and outside the motorsports community for the wonderful and caring get well wishes that we have received, as well as messages for a speedy recovery.

“We are confident that Juan Manuel will review them all himself once he is back in charge of his social media accounts.

“Honoring our son’s straight-to-the-point and honesty that characterizes him, we wish to update you on the status of his injuries and physical condition.

“As time has progressed, new complications have surfaced as a consequence of the massive impact he suffered Saturday in Belgium.

“On his arrival to London, Juan Manuel was diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. This is an injury considered common in high impact accidents such as this one.

“Unfortunately, this injury resulted in Juan Manuel falling into Acute Respiratory Failure. Juan Manuel is currently in an Intensive Care Unit that specializes in respiratory injuries.

“At this point of time he is an in induced state of unconsciousness and under ECMO support. Juan Manuel is in critical but stable condition.

“We are confident that our son will surprise us like he always does with his tremendous fighting will and strength and will recover completely.

“At this time, we kindly request that our privacy and space be respected. As a family, we need to pull together and be 100% there for Juan Manuel.

“Maria and I wish to take this opportunity to give our condolences to the Hubert family for their loss. Our hearts are broken, and we can only imagine the pain this loss has brought them.”

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