September 16, 2014
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Hospital officials say Formula One driver Felipe Massa is in "life-threatening" condition after surgery for a fractured skull from a high-speed crash at Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying.
Officials at the AEK military hospital said Saturday that Massa will be kept sedated on a respirator in an intensive care unit.
Medical director Peter Bazso said at a news conference that "Massa's condition is serious, life-threatening but stable."
Bazso and chief surgeon Lajos Zsiros say they expect Massa to be awoken Sunday.
The 28-year-old Brazilian had surgery one hour after arriving at the hospital, the doctors said.
Massa was struck in the helmet by a loose part from another car and his car slammed straight into a tire barrier.
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