The signs continue to be very positive from the doctors looking after Robert Kubica in Italy. The Polish driver, whose right forearm was partially severed in a rally accident on Sunday, has moved the fingers of his right hand and the doctors say the indications are that the blood flow is stabilised and therefore that the hand has been saved.
According to specialists I’ve spoken to in London his arm and hand were at risk if the reconnected blood vessels blocked off again in the first few days after surgery. The doctors’ most recent comments suggest that this hurdle has been overcome.
Specialists tell me that over the next 3-6 months the muscles and tendons will be rehabilitated. The repaired nerves will take a year or so to recover and it will not be until about two years that the final result is known. From the surgeons description of repairing both the ulnar and median nerve which are the two nerves, which provide movement and feeling to the hand, there is a very big rehabilitation programme to go through if he wants to get the fine motor skills back to drive an F1 car. But as Rossello said on Sunday night racing drivers have such determination anything is possible.
Kubica showed incredible determination to get to F1, leaving his native Poland for Italy when he was a teenager, sleeping on the floor of the kart factory, bouncing back from a severe injury to his left arm in his F3 days. He will surely give it his best shot.
Tomorrow morning the doctors will operate to repair the fractures in Kubica’s tibia, fibula and shoulder and then early next week – if he continues to recover well – they will work on his fractured elbow.
After that the rehabilitation begins. “An important hurdle was overcome with the stabilisation of Robert, ” his manager Daniel Morelli told Gazzetta dello Sport today. “We have had it confirmed to us that all the operations have gone well now we can start to think about Robert’s rehabilitation, even if for the moment it is hard to evaluate his psychological state. He’s under heavy sedation for the pain.”
Kubica has been visited by many well wishers including Fernando Alonso, Vitaly Petrov, Flavio Briatore and Renault F1 team owner Gerard Lopez, who dropped in yesterday.
If you wish to send your best wishes to Kubica, you can go to Renault’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lotus-Renault-GP-The-Official/173854285966083?ref=ts
Of if you want to send him an email, please check in again tomorrow morning when the Renault team are going to supply us with an official Contact Robert email address to which you can write your messages.