Marussia Formula One team have released an update on Jules Bianchi’s condition today following his awful crash in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. The team confirm that he has suffered a diffuse axonal injury, a common and devastating form of traumatic brain injury.
The full statement reads:
“This is a very difficult time for our family, but the messages of support and affection for Jules from all over the world have been a source of great comfort to us. We would like to express our sincere appreciation.
“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.
“We are also grateful for the presence of Professor Gerard Saillant, President of the FIA Medical Commission, and Professor Alessandro Frati, Neurosurgeon of the University of Rome La Sapienza, who has travelled to Japan at the request of Scuderia Ferrari. They arrived at the hospital today and met with the medical personnel responsible for Jules’ treatment, in order to be fully informed of his clinical status so that they are able to advise the family. Professors Saillant and Frati acknowledge the excellent care being provided by the Mie General Medical Center and would like to thank their Japanese colleagues.
“The hospital will continue to monitor and treat Jules and further medical updates will be provided when appropriate.”
Diffuse axonal injury or DAI is one of the most common and serious traumatic brain injuries. This is when damage is widespread in the brain rather than in a small isolated location. According to Brain and Spinal cord.org, Diffuse axonal injury can range from minor (concussion) to severe. It has currently not been stated which degree of the condition Jules is suffering. According to the site, prognosis for severe cases are that 90% of survivors with severe diffuse axonal injury remain unconscious. The 10% that regain consciousness are often severely impaired.
For more information on diffuse axonal injury, vist http://www.brainandspinalcord.org/traumatic-brain-injury-types/diffuse-axonal-injury/index.html.