Guillaume Moreau has taken the next step in his recovery from injuries suffered during the recent Le Mans 24 Hours test day by transferring from Angers hospital to Arche, a rehabilitation centre in Le Mans.
A renowned facility specialising in spinal injuries, Arche will provide the Frenchman with a leading multi-disciplinary medical team as he attempts to recover from the fractured twelfth vertebra he incurred after crashing heavily in OAK Racing's Pescarolo-Judd.
Due to the success of two operations already undertaken in Angers, which aimed to stabilise the fracture and relieve spinal compression, Moreau has already recovered significant movement in his legs, but is now entering a stage of rehabilitation where an initial three-month phase will be necessary for the specialists to fully evaluate his level of final recovery.
“I was cared for remarkably well by the Angers hospital over the course of more than two weeks, [but] I am happy to be taking the next step, one of rehabilitation, where I can be more active even though I still need some rest," the driver commented, "While I had little memory of the first operation, the second proved quite tough physically. I can already move my legs, which feels good, and walk aided by some support down one side, [but] I now need to do some physio to stimulate and strengthen my muscles. I still lack some sensitivity in my right foot but, with the work I am going to be doing here at Arche, it should come back. I will have to learn to be patient, which is not my best quality!"
OAK team owner Jacques Nicolet expressed the relief and delight shared by his squad at Moreau's continued recovery, particularly now that he is moving back closer to the OAK base in Le Mans.
“It was crucial for his family to prioritise the quality of his medical environment and Arche, a specialist centre well adapted to his case, was the choice taken," Nicolet reflected, "The competence of the medical teams that have looked after him since the start, as well as his own fighting spirit, are both amazing and worthy of admiration.
"It also allows us to be confident for the rest of his recovery. Guillaume has always held a special place within the team and the fact that he is now in Le Mans for this therapy period allows us to provide him with direct support. For us, he remains integral to the team, an element that without any doubt will be positive for his morale, along with all the messages of goodwill and sympathy he has received.”