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De Villota leaves hospital as recovery continues 26 Jul 2012

Maria De Villota (ESP) Marussia Test and Development Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix Practice, Shanghai, China, Friday, 13 April 2012 Maria De Villota (ESP) Marussia Development Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying, Shanghai, China, Saturday, 14 April 2012

Injured Marussia test driver Maria de Villota has been discharged from Madrid’s La Paz University Hospital to continue her recovery at home.

De Villota, who was transferred from the UK to her native Spain less than week ago, sustained serious head and facial injuries in a testing accident at Duxford Airfield earlier this month.

“The patient’s general conditions are good, which allowed us to release her,” explained a statement on De Villota's website. “In the last six days, she has been treated by specialists of the plastic and neurological surgery services, and the ophthalmology department, who will continue to follow her, as she will need to undergo periodical checks and treatments.

“From a neurological point of view, the patient does not present any deficit and does not need any surgery. The specialists have made no special remarks but will continue to follow her in the forthcoming period of time.

“As a consequence of the serious trauma suffered, she will be closely followed by the ophthalmology service,” concluded the statement. “The specialists of the plastic surgery service will be responsible for following the serious injuries to her face and correcting the effects of those.”

De Villota had just completed an initial installation lap on her first Formula One test with Marussia when she collided a team support truck.