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Robert Wickens Undergoes Additional Surgeries

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In the latest medical update on provided by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Robert Wickens underwent surgery to repair fractures to both of his legs and hands this week at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

While stressing the severity of the spinal cord injury sustained remains indeterminate and under evaluation, the team added that he is expected to be transferred to a rehabilitation center in the coming days to begin the recovery process.

“We want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love, prayers and positive energy that has been sent our way since Robert’s accident,” the Wickens family said in a statement. “We are blown away by the strength of this INDYCAR community and the support within it. While Robert’s recovery and rehabilitation continue over the coming weeks and months, your loving messages will certainly be a source of encouragement for him.

“As unverified sources immediately following Robert’s accident inaccurately and without permission portrayed his condition as less than severe, in an effort to remain transparent and open, we are providing a list of Robert’s injuries to truly showcase the severity of what our son / brother / fiancé / friend / teammate has gone through and will be recovering from in the months to come.”

Among the injuries Wickens sustained were:

  • Thoracic spinal fracture
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Neck fracture
  • Tibia and fibula fractures to both legs
  • Fractures in both hands
  • Fractured right forearm
  • Fractured elbow
  • Four fractured ribs
  • Pulmonary contusion

“The INDYCAR community has been nothing but supportive the last few weeks,” Ric Peterson and Sam Schmidt, co-owners of SPM, noted in a statement. “We are grateful for their support as well as the exceptional care given to Robert by the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team, the INDYCAR Medical Staff, the surgeons and nursing staff at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest and everyone at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

“While Robert continues his recovery, we want to make it clear that the No. 6 entry is for Robert Wickens and him only. No matter the amount of time it takes for his full recovery, we will hold that seat for him. Carlos Muñoz, the named driver for the last two events on the 2018 calendar is doing a great job for us to keep the No. 6 owner championship points alive, and we very much appreciate all the hard work he’s putting into helping us finish the season.

“The road to Robert’s recovery will be a long and tough one, but we hope you’ll be alongside us cheering him on. BETTER. STRONGER. FASTER.”

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports went on to state that further updates will be provided once Wickens is at the rehabilitation facility, with those coming from him.

Battling for position on Lap 7 of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on August 19, Wickens made contact with the back of Ryan Hunter-Reay, before going over top of the No. 28 DHL Honda’s nose, over across the top of the wall, and into the catchfence where he spun like a top before landing.

Hunter-Reay was uninjured in the crash, along with the other drivers getting caught up in the process due to the debris scattered, including Takuma Sato, Pietro Fittipaldi, and Wickens’ teammate James Hinchcliffe.

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Ashley McCubbin is currently studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber while writing for multiple websites. She also serves on the managing staff for a select few. Born in North York, Ontario, McCubbin currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area where she enjoys taking photos and working on websites.

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