On Thursday, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports released their latest update on the condition of Canadian driver Robert Wickens. After sustaining multiple injuries on August 19 in a race at Pocono Raceway, Wickens remains hospitalized at IU Health Methodist Hospital.
In the past week, Wickens has undergone more surgeries to further repair fractures to both legs and hands. Within the next few days, Wickens is expected to be transferred to a rehabilitation unit to start the physical recovery process. At this time, the most frightening fact that remains is that the severity of Wickens’ spinal cord injury is still listed as “indeterminate.”
Physicians offering opinions to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports stated it may be weeks, or even months, before the full effects of the spinal cord injury are known.
Included in the latest press release from SPM was a message from the Wickens family giving their thanks for the waves of support Robert has received since the accident nearly three weeks ago.
“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 family stated. “We are blown away by the strength of the 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.”
In the statement the family also shared a comprehensive list of Wickens’ injuries, while also taking a jab at a few individuals in the community that offered unauthorized updates on Robert’s condition in the wake of the accident.
“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, fiance, friend, and teammate has gone through and will be recovering from in the months to come.”
The list of injuries Wickens has endured is certainly extensive. It includes the following:
- 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
Any further updates on Wickens’ condition will be offered once the 29-year-old is transferred to a rehabilitation facility. In the SPM release, it also states that further updates will “come from Wickens,” which may offer words from the driver himself in the coming weeks.
In a statement by team co-owners Ric Peterson and Sam Schmidt, they also provided their thanks to all medical staff that have helped Wickens along the way while also backing their driver and his seat in the No. 6 Honda for the foreseeable future.
“The INDYCAR community has been nothing but supportive in the last few weeks,” Ric Peterson and Sam Schmidt, co-owners of Schmidt Peterson Motorsport 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 for him only. No matter the amount of time it takes for his full recovery, we will hold that seat for him. Carlos Munoz, 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.”
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