Pablo Perez update

Posted by Iannucci | 3/25/2007 | 0 comments »
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The news today doesn't sound very encouraging for the Ganassi driver who launched into the fence at yesterday's Miami 100. From PaddockTalk:

Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, IRL medical director provided a medical update last night on the condition of IRL Indy Pro driver Pablo Perez:

"Pablo Perez is in serious but stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is undergoing surgery on the lower extremities of both legs below the knee and will undergo a CAT scan later tonight. His injuries will be evaluated following surgery and the CAT scan."
Robin Miller of SpeedTV has more.

The 24-year-old native of Argentina was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital and undergoing surgery on both legs Saturday night. His lower extremity injuries were termed “gruesome” by an observer in Turn 2 and it was believed surgeons are fighting to save both legs.

UPDATE: This afternoon Associated Press (via Sports Illustrated) had some more information.

Pablo Perez was in stable condition Sunday after surgery to remove shrapnel from his legs following an accident in the season-opening Indy Pro Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Car owner Chip Ganassi said Perez is scheduled for more surgery on Monday and doctors hope to transfer him to a hospital in Indianapolis as soon as possible. He was awakened Sunday by doctors who asked Perez to wiggle his toes, and the driver responded.

"He's made tremendous progress," Ganassi said from the NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway. "From where we were 24 hours ago, he's doing remarkably well."
Well, at least this means he still has toes.