Updated: 30/08/2012 09:12 | By pa.press.net

De Villota leaves hospital



Marussia test driver Maria De Villota has been discharged from hospital

Marussia test driver Maria De Villota has been discharged from hospital

Maria De Villota has been released from hospital following an accident that resulted in her losing her right eye while test driving for Marussia earlier this month.

De Villota required two operations at Addendrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in the wake of a crash at Duxford Airfield that saw the 32-year-old Spaniard run into the tailgate of a stationary service vehicle at the end of an installation run whilst conducting a straightline aero test.

She was admitted to Madrid's La Paz hospital last week and has since undergone plastic surgery, and a statement from the hospital released on her behalf revealed she has not suffered any neurological injuries.

"The patient is in good general condition, so she was discharged from hospital yesterday," the statement read.

"In these six days, she has been treated by specialists of the plastic and neurological surgery services, and the ophthalmology department, who will continue to follow her, as she will need to undergo periodical checks and treatments.

"As announced previously, the patient has lost her right eye, as a consequence of the serious trauma suffered, and she will be closely followed by the ophthalmology service.

"The specialists of the plastic surgery service will be responsible for following the serious injuries to her face and correcting the effects of those."

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26/07/2012 16:23
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Such a shame for this promising young woman. However, she is engaged in a very dangerous sport and, whilst not doing anything at the time where she might have expected to injure herself, she will probably accept that it is "just another work incident". As I commented when she was appointed Marussia test-driver, she is a super looking, and brave, young woman and I wish her all the very best for the future.
29/07/2012 11:05
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best wishes from all F1 fans and a speedy return to your next chapter
16/08/2012 20:17
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Wishing you the best of luck Maria and you'll still be the prettiest F1 driver.

And to the someone? She wasn't a current driver it was a straight line aero test not a performance one similar to a wind tunnel one.
Everything has an hazard(even you) the layout would be sim to a race one the trailor was outside area it was just unfortunate that tail lift was semi down but they have like that as have to get things from inside it etc.
There was marshalls/medics there as always have to have and others test there as well.
But the extent of her injuries soon became apparent that they needed things like para/heli medics as duxford has a full crash team there as an operational airfield.
But sometimes no matter how care full and precise you do plan/ things there will always be an hidden element of danger.
Re like those down in dorset walking along beach when cliff collapsed on them could anyone have for told it?

11/08/2012 14:39
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That's great news, and good luck to the young lady, Maria, who has done a splendid job in her career!
21/08/2012 18:54
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Good luck Maria,,  you are a remarkable young woman, and I wish you all the best in whatever you will be doing in the future.
21/08/2012 18:37
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I hope your recovery continues good luck to a very brave woman .
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She left hospital on the 26th of July. She is undergoing treatment in spain and is currently using a prosthetic eye and an eyepatch because she lost the right eye. There are no neurological damage as of yet, but theres heavy facial reconstruction.

07/08/2012 05:04
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Shame but 2 quick points need to be raised.

1. Why were they testing at Duxford airfield? Why not a proper track with all the safety procedures in place e.g crash barriers,marshalls,trained medics and no chance of members of public or the vehicles placed in dangerous places

2. I thought you weren't allowed to test during the season only on approved dates

 

Get well soon Maria

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