De Villota to undergo more major operations

Maria de Villota (ESP) made her first public appearence after her life-threatening F1 testing accident. Maria de Villota Press Conference, Madrid, Spain, 11 October 2012.

Nov.9 (GMM) Marussia test driver Maria de Villota has revealed that she will have to undergo at least two more operations in the near future in the wake of her freak testing accident earlier this year.

The 32-year-old female driver, who lost her left eye in the incident, suffered serious skull, brain and facial injuries earlier this year during a day of straightline testing for Marussia at a UK airfield.

She is quoted by the Spanish sports daily Marca as revealing that she has “five plates” in her head as a result of surgery after the impact with the truck loading ramp, “and they are still not all positioned quite right”.

A second forthcoming operation, she explained, is to remedy a problem with the “limited” movement of her mouth, caused by muscle atrophy.

The Spaniard said surgeons intend to fix the problems “in one or two operations, if possible”.

De Villota insisted: “I have never lost my good mood as I think that everything is for the better.”

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  • McLarenfan

    She is a fighter and will smile all the way.