De Villota no longer critical
Spanish driver now 'serious but stable' following surgery
Last Updated: July 6, 2012 8:35pm
Maria de Villota: Condition has been downgraded from critical to 'serious but stable'
Maria de Villota has been taken off the critical list after having further surgery following her serious accident while testing for Marussia on Tuesday.
The Spaniard is now in a "serious but stable" condition in light of the operation at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge required for her facial injuries.
The 32-year-old was testing at Duxford Airfield when the accident, which resulted in her losing her right eye, occurred.
A Marussia statement read: "This was a planned procedure that would depend upon the continued stability of Maria's head injuries.
"Whilst Maria remains acutely ill, this confirms she has been responding well to the treatment she has received since her accident."
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"This morning the medical team were sufficiently happy with her progress to allow the operation to go ahead.
"The surgeons successfully completed the next phase of surgery required to address Maria's facial injuries.
"After the lengthy initial procedure, which commenced on Tuesday and concluded on Wednesday, today's secondary operation took significantly less time.
"Since the operation today, Maria's condition in relation to the head trauma she received has further improved, to the extent that she is now serious but stable.
"Whilst Maria remains acutely ill, this confirms she has been responding well to the treatment she has received since her accident.
"Coupled with the significant progress that has been made with regard to her facial injuries, we feel sufficiently comfortable to proceed with a further update.
"On a more personal note, we have taken a great deal of encouragement from today's developments and the rather more positive signs for Maria's family."