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Massa to leave intensive care today 29 Jul 2009

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 24 April 2009 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2009.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Saturday, 23 May 2009

Injured driver Felipe Massa has been out of bed and walking and will leave intensive care on Wednesday, Ferrari have confirmed.

“He has had more exams carried out, confirming his continuing improvement,” said the team. “Felipe speaks, can sit upright and was even able to take his first steps. From the clinical and radiological point of view everything is going extremely well.”

Massa has been in Budapest’s AEK hospital since Saturday, when he underwent emergency surgery for a fractured skull, after being hit by a suspension spring from another car during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

On Monday he was brought out of the artificial coma he had been placed in to aid his recovery and taken off a respirator. There was more good news on Tuesday when doctors confirmed that Massa can now open and see out of his left eye.

On Wednesday afternoon Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo will return to Hungary to greet Massa personally, and on behalf of the company and the fans who are continuing to send their best wishes to the Brazilian.