Giaffone In Good Condition
July 7, 2003 | 12:01 A.M. EST
Giaffone suffered a fractured right femur and pelvis during the Lap 56 accident that also involved the car of Dan Wheldon. Wheldon was unhurt in the incident.
The surgery, performed by Dr. Kevin Scheid, orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedics Indianapolis, lasted approximately three hours and went exceptionally well, according to Bock. He anticipates Giaffone to remain at Methodist Hospital through the end of the week.
“The surgery went extremely well,” Bock said. “Once we see how the rest of the week goes, as well as the ensuing rehabilitation period, then we can make some judgment as to how long until Felipe returns to the race car.”
Brazilian native Giaffone and Wheldon collided and crashed in Turn 2 on Lap 56 while battling for position. Giaffone, who started fifth, was credited with 22nd place in the No. 21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Toyota-powered Panoz G Force.
Following the incident, Giaffone was admitted to Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., where he remained under observation Sunday night. He was transferred to Methodist Hospital Monday morning.
UPDATE: (Wednesday, July 9, 2003) - Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing driver Felipe Giaffone is resting comfortably at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after surgery Monday on his right leg in the wake of injuries (fractured right femur and pelvis) he suffered at Kansas Speedway during Sunday's Kansas Indy 300. He is listed in good condition and is in the company of his wife, Alice, and manager Marcello Hirsch. His parents, Zeca and Lia Giaffone, are scheduled to arrive from São Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday (July 10). He wished to issue the following statement to the racing community:
"I’m glad to say I’m feeling fine right now. It was a hard crash, and the bad thing is that I kept awake the whole time. I saw the wall getting close. I felt every bit of the pain the whole time. I still feel some pain, but the doctors say it’s normal, as it’s been only a couple of days since the surgery. I can already bend my right leg, and sit down to eat, for example. My other leg, the left one, is still swollen, and I ordered some more exams on Tuesday to see if it’s really okay. It has to be good soon, so I can start rehabilitation quickly and use it to support my body. Doctors said I’ll be ready to start physiotherapy next Thursday (July 17). Since the accident, I’ve received an incredible amount of support from the entire Indy Racing community. Bryan Barnhart came here on Tuesday. Morris (Nunn, team owner) comes every day. Other drivers and friends have sent nice messages, and these things help me to keep on going. It’s just amazing how the rescue team, the doctors and all of the IRL staff have given all the best for me so far, in a very professional and lovely way. It’s in these hard times that we feel how important the love is that we get from people we work with and compete against."
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