Sophia Floersch showing positive signs after over nine hours surgery
Van Amersfoort Racing's Sophia Floersch underwent a successful surgery on her spinal fracture as team updates on her conditions after the Macau GP crash.
After last Sunday's terrible crash during the FIA Formula 3 World Cup race on the streets of Macau, Floersch was taken to hospital after a horrific crash. She was diagnosed with a spinal fracture with the others also facing injuries.
She needed a surgery which was performed on Monday as it stretched to over nine hours with the doctors taking it slowly, so that they treat it carefully. An update from VAR said that the surgery was successful and she already is showing positive signs.
"First of all we would like to extend our sincere appreciation for all the worldwide support messages we have received since Sophia’s horrific accident in Macau last Sunday," it wrote. "As already spread in the news, Sophia came out of her surgery yesterday.
"It took a team of specialists over nine hours to repair her fractured vertebra and remove a bone splinter, which was sitting dangerously close to her spinal cord. Nerve monitoring shows that her vital nerve functions react well, therefore the initial signs give a positive outlook towards her recovery."
As she now steps on the road to recovery, her rival Sho Tsuboi was discharged from the hospital as per the report on BBC after the Japanese driver complained of a lumbar pain after Floersch's car went over his car in the incident.
A report states that one of the injured photographer Hiroyuki Minami was released from the hospital along with Tsuboi with the other photographer Chan Weng Wang is expected to remain for another 10 days while marshal Chan Cha will leave in 3-4 days.
Team boss Frits van Amersfoort was relieved to see Floersch survive the crash. "I’m quite sure that Sophia, after some time, will return to race," he said to the BBC. "It [paralysis] was the main fear. That’s why the operation had to be done quite quickly [on Monday] because there was a danger could be damaged."
An updated was also posted on Floersch Twitter account on Monday: "The medical team is deliberately working slowly to avoid risks. The previous surgical course is good and without complications. The surgery that began this morning continues."
[Note: This story was also written on Formula Rapida]