Date: 6th July 2012 at 9:50am
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Following Maria de Villota’s tragic accident which has resulted in the Marussia test driver losing her right eye, her family have released a brief statement.

de Villota remains in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where she underwent extensive surgery on Tuesday evening to repair her fractured skull and treat facial injuries.

She has received messages of support from the whole Formula One community including fellow Spanish drivers Fernando Alonso and Pedro de la Rosa.

In the statement released by Maria’s sister Isabel De Villota on behalf of her family via Marussia’s official website on Thursday evening, she thanked everyone for the support they have received and gave a brief update on her current condition.

?Maria remains in a critical but stable condition here at Addenbrooke?s Hospital. While there is no further news than that at present, we have at least been able to take encouragement from the fact that Maria has remained stable throughout since the accident, particularly during the first night following such a lengthy surgical procedure as she experienced yesterday.

‘We, the family, are supporting each other here at Maria?s side and we take great comfort from the remarkable medical care she has been receiving. We remain positive and this is due, in no small part, to the overwhelming expression of love and support for Maria from every corner of the world. We would also wish to thank everyone at the Marussia F1 Team for all the care and attention they have shown us over the past few days.

‘With our sincere gratitude.?


The crash happened on Tuesday morning following the 32-year-old Spaniard completing an installation circuit of the Duxford Airfield.

It was the first time Maria de Villota had driven for Marussia, but just as her initial run came to an end, tragedy struck. For as yet unknown reasons her car suddenly accelerated and crashed into the team truck.

Unfortunately the tailgate had apparently been lowered at the time and early reports suggested that De Villota’s helmet took the brunt of the impact at around 30-40mph.

She was unconscious for around 15 to 20 minutes, while she was treated by paramedics and the ambulance service announced that she had suffered life-threatening injuries.

Initial reports that announced that she was conscious and in a stable condition had given hope to well wishers, but on Wednesday afternoon the team announced that following a lengthy procedure that kept her in theatre from Tuesday afternoon and into Wednesday morning, she had lost her right eye.

 

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