The family of Juan Manuel Correa has revealed the driver has suffered “new complications” in his recovery since his crash last week.
The 20-year-old was seriously injured in the crash during Saturday’s Formula 2 race at Spa which claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert. He was transferred from an intensive car unit at a hospital in Belgium to another in London earlier this week.
“As time has progressed, new complications have surfaced as a consequence of the massive impact he suffered Saturday in Belgium,” said his family in a statement.
“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 specialises in respiratory injuries. At this point of time he is an in induced state of unconsciousness and under ECMO [Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation] support. Juan Manuel is in critical but stable condition.”
Correa’s family added they 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,” they added. “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.”
The family thanked fans for the expressions of support they have received since last week’s crash.
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