According to Sky Sports, the FIA addressed media gathered at Mie General Hospital today and offered a few updates on condition of Marussia driver Jules Bianchi following his horrible crash Sunday at the Japanese Grand Prix. Craig Slater reported:
“I can clear up a couple of pieces of misinformation which have been picked up by the French media and a couple of outlets in the UK,”
“I can confirm that Jules is not, unfortunately, breathing unaided. My understanding is that he is still relying on a respirator at this point to be able to breathe.
“I can also confirm that he has not undergone a second surgical procedure. My understanding is that he went through one medical procedure at about 11pm Japanese time and he has been intensive care since then.”
The Bianchi family have arrived at the hospital and they have seen their son but Slater also reported:
“We know that Professor Gerard Saillant, who is a good friend of Jean Todt, is due to come here on Tuesday. He is one of the world’s leading orthopaedic surgeons but he advised the Schumacher family when they were undertaking his initial treatment in Grenoble after his skiing accident last December. He was a kind of intermediary figure between the doctors treating Schumacher and the family and it seems as though he’s going to play a similar role here.”
At this point it is really about time. As with Michael Schumacher’s head injury, time is the important thing now and how Jules responds to the treatment he receives.
Hat Tip: Sky Sports F1