Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa will undergo more than 10 hours of surgery on Sunday in London, having opted against reconstructive amputation of his right foot.

Correa sustained severe injuries in the accident at Spa last month which claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert, and was placed in an induced coma and on life support after developing new respiratory injuries.

An improvement in his condition led to him being taken off life support, with attention shifting to the injuries to his right foot and leg last week.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Correa's family confirmed that he will undergo surgery on Sunday that will focus on these injuries, giving doctors the first opportunity to understand the full extent of the condition of his right foot and leg.

"Earlier this week, Juan Manuel was transferred to a new hospital in London, England that specializes in orthopedic surgeries as the focus shifts from his lungs to his lower body extremities," the statement reads.

"Juan Manuel is now fully conscious, and his lungs have recovered much faster than anticipated. His overall physical improvement and willpower has doctors impressed. The main objective this week has been to get Juan Manuel in the best condition possible for his surgery on Sunday that will be 10+ hours in duration.

"Sunday’s surgery will be crucial in determining Juan Manuel’s future. Doctors will have, for the first time since the accident, complete access to the wounds on his lower right leg. They will be able to determine the actual level of damage to his tibia, ankle, and foot.

"During surgery, they will save what can be saved and removed what needs to be removed in order to rebuild his right lower leg to the best possible condition. The surgeons are the top in their field and are cautiously optimistic given the fast-paced recovery that Juan Manuel has had in the previous week.

"The injuries that Juan Manuel sustained are severe, and the surgery procedure is very complex. Doctors gave Juan Manuel the option of right foot reconstructive amputation. He has chosen NOT to have the amputation and to proceed with the surgery, understanding all the challenges involved.

"Additional details will be provided on Juan Manuel’s condition when available."

 

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