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Bianchi has suffered traumatic brain injury

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07/10/2014

A statement issued by the family of Jules Bianchi reveals the Marussia driver has suffered a traumatic brain injury.

The following statement is provided by the family of Bianchi, in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center, and is distributed on their behalf by the Marussia F1 Team.

"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 hospital will continue to monitor and treat Jules and further medical updates will be provided when appropriate."

According to Wikipedia; "a diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is one of the most common and devastating types of traumatic brain injury, meaning that damage occurs over a more widespread area than in focal brain injury.

"DAI, which refers to extensive lesions in white matter tracts, is one of the major causes of unconsciousness and persistent vegetative state after head trauma. It occurs in about half of all cases of severe head trauma.

"The outcome is frequently coma, with over 90% of patients with severe DAI never regaining consciousness. Those who do wake up often remain significantly impaired."

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1. Posted by stoney, 08/10/2014 10:31

"More tragic, someone updated the Wikipedia entry under the section "Pop Culture" to include a reference to Bianchi's injuries, just beneath an entry about a character in "CSI: Miami", who suffered a similar injury.

I was truly saddened for our species upon reading this. This has since been removed, but once again re-edited back in under a different title..."

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2. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 08/10/2014 8:24

"Drivers not slowing down sufficiently under waved yellows is a problem throughout motorsport, I seem to remember in one series, where double waved yellows where in operation, drivers would have to go through the incident area with the pit lane limiter engaged, perhaps something along these lines could be implemented? "

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3. Posted by kiwi2wheels, 07/10/2014 23:25

"@ Chris

' The Telegraph ' have it mentioned in their coverage of the accident.

Tragic."

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4. Posted by Kkiirmki, 07/10/2014 19:11

"This is very upsetting news. My prayers and best wishes go out to Jules and his family for a full and speedy recovery."

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5. Posted by Editor, 07/10/2014 17:27

"@ White Lightning

Talking of facts, disregard recent quotes attributed to Jean Todt about Michael Schumacher.

What he is quoted as saying was never said.

Fact."

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6. Posted by White Lightning, 07/10/2014 17:24

"I'm glad you did Chris. What most of us want right now are facts."

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7. Posted by Editor, 07/10/2014 16:11 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 07/10/2014 17:28)

"@White Lightning

In all honesty I was at odds as to whether to include the quote from Wiki. However, based on Jules' family's statement, readers, unless they were medics, would have immediately Googled "diffuse axonal injury"."

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8. Posted by White Lightning, 07/10/2014 15:53

"Those last three paragraphs have made me feel nauseous.

Get well soon Jules. We are all hoping and praying for this."

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