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 Post subject: Re: Maria de Villota seriously injured in testing accident
PostPosted: 01 Aug 2012, 08:00  
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A Spanish publication has spotted a walking and apparently well Maria de Villota entering an outpatient clinic in Spain this week.

After 17 days in a UK hospital, and several more days in hospital in her native Madrid, the 32-year-old finally went home last week.

La Nueva Espana now reports that, almost a full month since her horror Duxford testing crash, de Villota was seen visiting the Instituto Oftalmologico Fernandez-Vega - an eye specialist clinic - in Oviedo, Spain.

The report said she arrived in a black Mercedes with members of her family, with her hair shaved after several recent operations.

La Nueva Espana said wounds were clearly visible, as was a blue eye patch.

The report said video and photographs of de Villota leaving the car and entering the clinic were taken, but they are not being published "at the request of the family"

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 Post subject: Re: Maria de Villota seriously injured in testing accident
PostPosted: 10 Oct 2012, 08:24  
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 Post subject: Re: Maria de Villota seriously injured in testing accident
PostPosted: 10 Oct 2012, 09:42  
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She's given her first interview as well.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/103265

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Maria de Villota has revealed that she remembers everything from the life-threatening Formula 1 testing accident in which she lost her right eye earlier this year.

The Spanish driver was carrying out a straight-line test for Marussia before the British Grand Prix, when she crashed into the back of a team transporter.

De Villota suffered serious injuries in the accident and spent a month in hospital before she was well enough to return home.

Although she was unconscious for a long time, de Villota says she can recall all the details of the crash and its aftermath.

She also says that as well as her eye injuries, she continues to suffer from headaches and has lost her sense of smell and taste.

"I remember everything - even the moment of the impact," di Villota told the Spanish Hola magazine, in her first interview since the crash.

"When I woke up everybody was around me and they didn't even know if I was going to speak, or how I was going to speak. I started speaking in English because I thought I was on an FIA check-up and that the nurse was a trainer.

"Then my dad said 'Please, Maria, speak Spanish, because your mother is missing half the things', and then I became aware of everything: of what had happened, where I was and why."

The 32-year-old says her injuries have made her realise the value of other things in life beyond racing.

"The accident has given me a new perspective about life, about the things that matter," she said. "It has taught me that to achieve what you want you have to educate yourself in sacrifice, thought, effort.

"Now I have just one eye maybe I perceive more things than before. Before this, my life was a race against the clock, and now I see you have to stop and measure things in a different way."

De Villota admitted she was shocked the first time she saw her injuries, but she is sure that the worst is now behind her.

"In the beginning they were covering it [the eye] so I couldn't see it," she added. "The first day I looked at myself in the mirror. I had 140 black stitches on my face, and they looked like they had been stitched with a boat rope, and I had lost my right eye. I was terrified.

"I have to undergo more surgery soon, but the worst is now behind."

She added: "I have headaches that they don't know how long will last - maybe years.

"I have to control my efforts a lot because of the cranial pressure. I have also lost smell, and taste, which is linked to smell. Now I like things with a very strong taste."

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 Post subject: Re: Maria de Villota seriously injured in testing accident
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I really feel for her. Hopefully this will allow her to enjoy and appreciate her life more, and maybe one day she can look back and say this was a moment that changed her life for the good.

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The link to La Nueva España for those who can read it.

http://www.lne.es/deportes/2012/10/10/m ... 10117.html

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 Post subject: Re: Maria de Villota seriously injured in testing accident
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"I lost this eye for a reason," she insists. "Something in life is waiting for me -- I am sure."

I hope her situation gets better. Nice words from her. I am pretty sure if it was another person he would say "Why me?".
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 Post subject: Re: Maria de Villota seriously injured in testing accident
PostPosted: 11 Oct 2012, 19:16  
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This is what her skull looked like post-crash.

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Holy. s***.

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I can not watch your post, I think is the same

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 Post subject: Re: Maria de Villota seriously injured in testing accident
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This is sickening.

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 Post subject: Re: Maria de Villota makes first public appearance
PostPosted: 12 Oct 2012, 17:44  
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::oops:; Oh that's God awful.

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 Post subject: Maria de Villota makes first public appearance
PostPosted: 11 Oct 2013, 06:22  
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Local Spanish media reporting that Maria de Villota has been found dead in a hotel room in Seville :(

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 Post subject: Re: Maria de Villota makes first public appearance
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That's really sad and shocking.

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 Post subject: Maria de Villota 1980 - 2013
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 Post subject: Re: Maria de Villota 1980 - 2013
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That's really very sad news.
Have a nice journey Maria and on the way there please go "full throttle".
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 Post subject: Re: Maria de Villota 1980 - 2013
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That's really very sad news.
Have a nice journey Maria and on the way there please go "full throttle".


Going full throttle is arguably whats killed her. Poor choice of words there :confused:

If its naturally causes I'll wager a fiver on it being an aneurysm or related to the head injury.
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