* Originally published as ‘Update on Jules Bianchi’
19 JULY 2015 UPDATE
In truly devastating news, Jules Bianchi has died from injuries sustained during his crash in October 2014. He was only 25.
It was the first death in F1 since that of Ayrton Senna’s in 1994.
Bianchi had been in a coma for nine months, before succumbing to his injuries on Saturday morning.
20 November 2014 UPDATE:
In encouraging news, it has today been reported that Jules Bianchi is no longer in an artificial coma and is breathing unaided. He has also been move flown from Japan to his native France where his long recovery will continue.
Pleasing news, however the battle continues. #ForzaJules
4:30 PM Thursday (AEDST) UPDATE:
It’s now been four days since Bianchi’s horrific crash in Japan and sadly, it may still be many weeks before doctors can determine just how badly damaged his brain is.
The Sydney Morning Herald today reported the following quote:
“Jules remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi. He has suffered a diffuse axonal injury and is in a critical but stable condition. The medical professionals at the hospital are providing the very best treatment and care and we are grateful for everything they have done for Jules since his accident.”
A diffuse axonal injury is complex, however can more easily be described as trauma which affects multiple areas of the brain. The full damage – which is bruising, killing of cells or both – is often not known for extended periods of time. Making matters worse is the swelling caused which restricts bloodflow.
This type of injury is common however sadly, also one of the most deadly (1). Further research conducted indicates that recovery rates are not encouraging and doctors typically wait at least a month to give a full prognosis. In general, this type of injury is a major cause of unconsciousness and the outcome is most frequently coma, with more than 90% of severe patients remaining in a persistent vegetative state (2).
7:30 AM Tuesday (AEDST) UPDATE:
Bianchi’s parents have arrived at his bedside in Japan and he is reportedly in a critical, but stable condition. Fingers remained crossed he can pull through one of F1’s worst crashes in over two decades.
Footage of the crash has also surfaced in the last 24 hours and can be found here – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-2782638/Footage-emerges-Jules-Bianchi-s-Japanese-Grand-Prix-crash-left-F1-star-severe-head-injury.html
7:30 AM Monday (AEDST) UPDATE:
It’s been reported that Bianchi is recovering in intensive care after surgery. He remains in a very serious condition with a severe head injury. The Independent (UK) has reported that he was breathing on his own.
11:00 PM (AEDST) UPDATE:
The Mirror (UK) is reporting that the FIA has confirmed Bianchi suffered a “severe head injury” and after emergency surgery has been completed, he will be sent to intensive care.
10:00 PM (AEDST) UPDATE:
It’s being reported that Bianchi is currently undergoing emergency surgery and is in a ‘critical’ condition.
Young French Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi has suffered a sickening crash at tonight’s Japanese GP and has been taken to hospital by ambulance. Latest reports suggest he still remains unconscious and there are significant concerns about his wellbeing.
Just moments before Bianchi’s crash, fellow driver Adrian Sutil crashed in the same spot as wet weather made conditions more difficult for drivers. It’s being reported that as the recovery crane was attending to Sutil’s car, Bianchi came off the track and went straight into the crane.
More details will be provided soon…