Renault confirms Robert Kubica’s condition is ‘positive’

The 26-year-old's health continues to improve despite reports suggesting his condition had deteriorated

By Gareth Llewellyn
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Renault has assured fans that Robert Kubica’s general medical condition is “positive” after reports surfaced on Monday suggesting otherwise.

The 26-year-old suffered multiple fractures down his right side after crashing his Skoda Fabia in the Ronde di Andora rally in Italy on 6 February, losing so much blood doctors feared they might have had to amputate his right hand.

Kubica has undergone two lengthy courses of surgery since the accident, including a seven-hour operation to repair his hand, and more recently surgery to his arm and leg, with another operation on his shoulder still due to take place this week.

The Pole’s progress has generally been positive and he even managed to talk to the press about his future, saying he expects to return to Formula 1 by the end of the 2011 season.

Polish news station TVN24 quoted Kubica’s girlfriend, Edyta Witas, on Monday morning as saying his “physical and psychological condition” had deteriorated since the last course of surgery and he had returned to intensive care.

But Renault has countered those claims saying: “The latest update on Robert is that his condition remains positive. He will stay in intensive care for the next couple of days to allow a complete check-up and to avoid another change of department before his final operation.

“His good general condition means that the final surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.”

Doctors at the Santa Corona Hospital near Savona echoed Renault’s comments with Dr Francesco Lanza already confirming that a third course of surgery will be required.

“Robert Kubica’s general conditions are good,” said a spokesman. “Kubica will remain in intensive care for two more days in order to undergo a complete check up and to avoid another ward change before the final operation.

“The clinical picture is so satisfying that it allows for programming of the final surgery for Wednesday.”

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