July 26, 2009

Massa Update: Still in Induced Coma

Felipe Massa's wife Ana Rafaela arriving at the hospital (AP)

I'll summarize news reports from Italian media which seem to be a bit more in depth this morning:

Massa remains stable but in a medically induced coma. He underwent a CAT scan which reportedly found "reassuring results" as described by Peter Bazso, the director of the military clinic where the Brazilian is being treated.

There was an attempt to bring Massa out of the coma in the morning so he could communicate with his relatives in from Brazil but it is unclear if he responded to them.

Dr, Bazso goes on to say he was sedated again and that he will be kept in the pharmacological coma for the next 48 hours.

When asked specificlally in Massa's condition was life threatening the official answered "Yes, of course". However as physicians out there will know, this is a normal description for anyone who has had a severe head injury and is on a respirator.

Rubens Barrichello has said he was at the hospital and that physicians were not able to reassure him that " he will be back to normal". The FIA physician Gary Hartstein is quoted saying weeks if not months will be needed to have complete indication on Massa recovery.
(Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere Della Sera)

And here is the rest of it.


  1. leave it to barrichello to say something stupid that removes hope of Massa's recovery...

  2. barichello probably tripped on the corner of massa's hospital bed and knocked a vase of flowers onto his head, knowing him.


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