Complications for Massa

July 27, 2009

Sadly, it appears that things have gone from bad to worse in a major way for Felipe.

While we all breathed a heavy sigh of relief after hearing the news that he was alive and able to pull through the horrifying accident that hospitalized him in the intensive care ward of Hungary’s top brain hospital, complications and conflicting reports have surfaced regarding his true condition.

Ferrari started with a blanketing press release, basically saying that there was no serious damage and that everything was fine; Massa only suffered concussion. This was an utterly senseless press release from Ferrari to be honest – we could all see that this was no simple shunt with minor repercussions.

And so it transpired that Massa had indeed been hospitalized with a fractured skull – quite the more significant injury compared to concussion – and an injury that carried with it far reaching and potentially fatal consequences if not treated correctly.

To bring things back to the point, Felipe Massa is now currently around 24 hours into a 48 hour induced coma.

Such was the desperation of the situation and the extent of Massas injuries that the cranial team at the AEK Military hospital in Budapest had to induce a coma; a very extreme measure, make no mistake. The positive upshot amongst all this is that the procedure is necessary and highly beneficial allowing the doctors to monitor him in a state where the body has effectively shut down or gone to sleep; putting Massa in a deep sleep is helping to ease and aid the body in dealing with the blunt trauma that is causing his brain to swell. Inducing a coma, in this instance,  actually has the effect of acting like a pressure release valve for the brain.

The news though, does get rough again.

According to Professor Robert Veres of AEK hospital Budapest, Massa, ” …has suffered some damage to the eye. We don’t know if he’ll be able to race again. I don’t know if he can return. It’s too early to say about his future. We don’t know the extent of the damage. Without an operation it’s very hard to evaluate its function.”

So, it appears certain that Massa has suffered a serious left eye injury and although reports at this time are scant and cagey to say the least there is speculation that the Brazilians career may be over due to this injury.

I for one certainly hope this is not the case and that Felipe makes a strong return to the cockpit but the stark reality is that without proper vision Massa cannot race and this will indeed mean that his career in F1 will be over.

Let us all hope he pulls through for a full recovery.

The sport needs him.


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