Juan Manuel Correa has thanked well-wishers for their “immense” support, as he spoke publicly for the first time since suffering severe leg injuries in an accident in an F2 race at Spa-Francorchamps in August.
In the latest update on his condition, Correa’s family state that the 20-year-old underwent 17 hours of surgery in hospital in London last Sunday, with doctors ‘confident in a successful procedure’ four days on.
The Ecuadorian-American remains under ‘careful observation’ and is now scheduled for ‘one additional, less complex surgery’ in a fortnight’s time.
“This past few weeks have been extremely tough, tougher than anything I have ever faced both physically and mentally,” said Correa in a statement.
“I understand my future regarding the recovery of my legs, specifically my right leg is still quite uncertain, and that my physical rehab will be extremely long and complicated. I am still processing everything that has, and is, happening.
“I want to thank every single person who one way or another has shown me their support. I am humbled by the immense number of caring and affectionate messages I have received.
“Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, and know that your encouragement and positivity have made a difference.”
Doctors anticipate that Correa will be able to leave hospital in six weeks’ time to continue his road to recovery.