Correa suffers setback in recovery after Spa crash, placed in induced coma

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Juan Manuel Correa has suffered a setback in his recovery from injuries sustained the massive crash last weekend in Belgium.

The Formula 2 driver suffered multiple leg fractures and minor spinal damage in the accident which also took the life of Anthoine Hubert, undergoing surgery at the hospital in nearby Liege.

This week, however, Correa was transferred to a specialist unit in London to continue his treatment with the family offering an update on his condition.

"First of all, on behalf of our son we wish to thank everyone within and outside the motorsports community for the wonderful and caring get well wishes that we have received, as well as messages for a speedy recovery," a statement read.

"We are confident that Juan Manuel will review them all himself once he is back in charge of his social media accounts.

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"Honoring our son’s straight-to-the-point and honesty that characterizes him, we wish to update you on the status of his injuries and physical condition.

"As time has progressed, new complications have surfaced as a consequence of the massive impact he suffered Saturday in Belgium. On his arrival to London, Juan Manuel was diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. This is an injury considered common in high impact accidents such as this one.

"Unfortunately, this injury resulted in Juan Manuel falling into Acute Respiratory Failure. Juan Manuel is currently in an Intensive Care Unit that specializes in respiratory injuries.

"At this point of time, he is an induced state of unconsciousness and under ECMO support. Juan Manuel is in critical but stable condition."

The family is remaining upbeat that the American-Ecuadorian will pull through.

"We are confident that our son will surprise us like he always does with his tremendous fighting will and strength and will recover completely," they said.

"At this time, we kindly request that our privacy and space be respected. As a family, we need to pull together and be 100% there for Juan Manuel.

“Maria and I wish to take this opportunity to give our condolences to the Hubert family for their loss. Our hearts are broken, and we can only imagine the pain this loss has brought them."