Bianchi ‘incapable of breathing unassisted’

Jules Bianchi is relying on the use of a respirator to breathe after sustaining severe injuries in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Jules Bianchi
Jules Bianchi

The Marussia driver collided with a recovery vehicle after spinning off the Suzuka track and was instantly taken to the local Mie General hospital.

Bianchi underwent three hours of brain surgery following the crash and now remains in intensive care where he will be monitored.

Despite initial reports that claimed the 25-year-old was able to breathe without the assistance of the respirator, Sky Sports News have since confirmed that is not the case.

"We're not getting any official updates from the hospital but I understand that Jules is in a very critical condition, still fighting for his life, and I can clear up a couple of pieces of misinformation which have been picked up by the French media and a couple of outlets in the UK," Sky Sports News’ Craig Slater reported on Monday morning.

"I can confirm that Jules is not, unfortunately, breathing unaided. My understanding is that he is still relying on a respirator at this point to be able to breathe.

"I can also confirm that he has not undergone a second surgical procedure. My understanding is that he went through one medical procedure at about 11pm Japanese time and he has been intensive care since then."

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