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De Villota improving after further surgery 06 Jul 2012

Maria De Villota (ESP) Marussia Development Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 20 April 2012

Surgeons have successfully completed the next phase of surgery required to address the facial injuries of Marussia test driver Maria De Villota, following her crash earlier this week. Her condition is now described as ‘serious but stable’.

De Villota underwent a lengthy initial operation after Tuesday’s accident, but Friday’s secondary surgery took significantly less time. The planned procedure went ahead at the UK’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Since this second operation, De Villota’s condition in relation to the head trauma she received has further improved and though she remains acutely ill, it confirms she has been responding well to the treatment she has received since her crash.

“On a more personal note, we have taken a great deal of encouragement from today’s developments and the rather more positive signs for Maria’s family,” concluded a statement from the Marussia team.