|Juan Manuel Correa|
Juan Manuel Correa has expressed his condolences to the family of Anthoine Hubert in his first video post on social media since the crash involving the pair at Spa five weeks ago. Hubert suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Today Correa revealed he faces a wait of up to a year to learn whether his severely damaged right foot can be fully repaired.
“It’s been a very rough five weeks since the accident," said Correa – See videos below.
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“Obviously I never said it publicly but I want to publicly give my deepest condolences to the Hubert family. It’s been a shock to everyone that such an accident happened. You never really know, you never think something like that can happen and especially not to you, until it does.
“I’m just grateful to be here even though obviously I still have a long road of recovery and it’s still uncertain if I will ever recover to 100%. But I am very grateful to be alive and very grateful for the people that have been with me this past five weeks."
Correa said his family’s support had been vital to his survival since the crash.
“I’m very grateful for the family that I have, for the support they have given me. Without them I would not have made it.
“This has really changed my life, the way I see things, the way I think about life and everything in general. It’s been a life-changing experience."
Since the crash Correa has been inundated with messages from fans on social media, who he also thanked.
“The support, the loving messages from people I don’t even know personally, I’ve read almost all of them. I spent pretty much all day reading messages, trying to answer to as many people as possible or at least ‘like’ the comments.
“I just want to tell you I will read them eventually and there’s thousands of them. I’ll get it done one day but thank you so much because it means a lot to me. "
Correa said he will have further surgery in London before returning home to continue his rehabilitation.
“It is what it is, I have accepted what happened and I can only be positive now and work as hard as possible for the fastest recovery possible and the best recovery as well.
“The plan will be to have another surgery next Monday and that will be the last surgery here in London. And after that, beginning of November, I should be traveling to Miami to see my siblings and to start my full on recovery.
“This should last, according to the doctors here, they’re expecting it to last 10 months to a year before I can start to really tell how the right foot really is because at the moment I have a metal frame that doesn’t let me move the foot at all so it’s just healing. That will be there for at least eight to 10 months.
“We will see what happens but I’m positive, there’s nothing else to do. I can either me here and be sorry for myself and be depressed or I can just get on with it and be positive and do the best I can for the recovery."