FIA orders report on Bianchi’s crash

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Bianchi0120141014The FIA, the motor sport governing body, said last October 8 it has ordered a report into Frenchman Jules Bianchi’s crash at the Japanese Grand Prix by its top race director.

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FIA president Jean Todt has asked Charlie Whiting, the Formula One race director, “to carry out a report on the precise circumstances which led to the accident,” the federation said in a statement sent to AFP.

“This report is still under elaboration as it concerns the cross-checking of a number of different sources of information. It will aim to be as complete and detailed as possible in order to understand exactly the accident which occurred,” said the statement.

Bianchi, 25, suffered a severe brain trauma in the crash last October 5, in which his Marussia car smashed into a recovery vehicle in heavy rain at Suzuka. He underwent emergency surgery and is now said to be in “critical but stable condition.”

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Jules Bianchi is suffering from a serious brain injury sustained in his sickening crash at the Japanese Grand Prix, his family says, as specialists warn the chances of recovery from this kind of condition are slim.

The Formula One driver was, last Wednesday, starting his third day in intensive care after the weekend smash, with his worried parents regularly by his bedside.

“Jules remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi. He has suffered a diffuse axonal injury and is in a critical but stable condition,” said a statement issued by the family and the hospital.

“The medical professionals at the hospital are providing the very best treatment and care and we are grateful for everything they have done for Jules since his accident.”

The 25-year-old Bianchi underwent emergency brain surgery, with doctors saying he was critically ill. A diffuse axonal injury describes trauma that is spread across the brain, rather than in one place, and is caused by the shockwave from the sudden impact of the crash travelling through the brain. This causes bruising and kills cells.

The body’s response to the injury — swelling — exacerbates the problem because it restricts blood flow to the brain, causing more damage.

Experts say recovery rates from this kind of injury, which is frequently caused by vehicle crashes, are not encouraging.

Ichiro Miyao, who heads a support group in Japan for victims of traffic accidents, said those that do recover frequently suffer permanent impairment.

He explained that because the neural networks are disrupted, “it can have severe after-effects,” including spatial awareness or memory problems.

AFP

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