Jules Bianchi suffered a 'diffuse axonal injury' and remains in a 'critical but stable' condition following his accident in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

The latest information was revealed by an official statement issued by the Frenchman's family, who are now at his bedside at Mie General Medical Centre, where he was taken from the circuit.

The full statement reads as follows:

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"This is a very difficult time for our family, but the messages of support and affection for Jules from all over the world have been a source of great comfort to us. We would like to express our sincere appreciation.

"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. 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.

"We are also grateful for the presence of Professor Gerard Saillant, President of the FIA Medical Commission, and Professor Alessandro Frati, Neurosurgeon of the University of Rome La Sapienza, who has travelled to Japan at the request of Scuderia Ferrari. They arrived at the hospital today and met with the medical personnel responsible for Jules' treatment, in order to be fully informed of his clinical status so that they are able to advise the family. Professors Saillant and Frati acknowledge the excellent care being provided by the Mie General Medical Center and would like to thank their Japanese colleagues."

The statement concluded by confirming that the hospital would continue to monitor and treat Bianchi and provide further medical updates 'when appropriate'.

Diffuse axonal injury is considered to occur in roughly half of all severe head trauma cases, making it one of the most common traumatic brain injuries, though it is also recognised in more moderate and mild cases as well.

The injury occurs over a more widespread area, and is usually the result, not of the initial blow to the head, but of the brain moving within the skull as a result of acceleration or deceleration. This causes 'axons', which allow neurons within the brain to send messages, to become disrupted.


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All this speculation on Jule's chances of waking up is not helpful.
Let's leave it to expert opinion not those who spent a couple of minutes surfing the web.

richard: that is nasty. i hope that he will be able to make a full recovery. all credit to ferrari to send specialists over to assist.[\blockquote]
Echo my thoughts, richard