De Villota no longer in intensive care confirms sister
9 July, 2012
Jul.9 (GMM) Gravely injured Maria de Villota has been moved out of the intensive care unit at a Cambridge hospital.
Marussia boss John Booth said on Sunday that the team’s test driver is no longer in an artificial coma and has therefore been able to speak with her family, including her father, former F1 driver Emilio de Villota.
“Her level of sedation has been reduced markedly,” he told the Spanish broadcaster Antena3.
De Villota’s sister Isabel is quoted by the Spanish media as saying that the 32-year-old has “made good progress in the last hours” and has “left the ICU”.
But she warned: “The coming days will be crucial for her recovery and to determine the extent of the consequences [of her injuries].”
Several drivers, including compatriot Fernando Alonso, wore orange stars on their helmets in honour of their injured colleague, with Alonso dedicating his pole position for the British GP to De Villota.
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