Alex Albon suffered complications after surgery on Saturday. The Williams driver spent a day in intensive care with respiratory failure, acquired immediately after emergency surgery for appendicitis.
Albon felt severe pain on Saturday morning and withdrew from the rest of the Italian Grand Prix weekend. After a medical examination, he was diagnosed with appendicitis and was operated on at the San Gerardo Hospital in Monza. His replacement was the reserve driver of Mercedes Nick de Vries.
According to information from the Williams team, the 26-year-old competitor suffered complications that led to respiratory failure. Albon was intubated and placed on mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit. Fortunately, the Grove team announced today that he is feeling better and will be released from the hospital soon.
“After Alex Albon was diagnosed with appendicitis on Saturday morning, he was immediately admitted to San Gerardo Hospital for treatment,” Williams said in a statement.
“Then at noon he underwent a successful laparoscopic operation. Shortly after the end of the surgery, Alex experienced unexpected post-operative anesthetic complications that led to respiratory failure. This is a known but rare complication. He was re-intubated and transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit.”
“He made excellent progress overnight and was taken off mechanical ventilation yesterday morning. He has now been moved to a general ward and is expected to return home tomorrow. Fortunately, Albon had no other complications.”
The Williams driver will benefit from the longer break and hopes to be back behind the wheel of the FW44 in Singapore.
“Alex is fully focused on his recovery and preparation for the Singapore Grand Prix later this month,” Williams said in another statement.
“He would like to thank the excellent care and support he received, including from the nursing, anesthetist and intensive care teams at San Gerardo Hospital, the FIA medical team, his trainer Patrick Harding, the Williams Racing team and Dr Luke Bennett of HINTSA Performance.”
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His replacement Nick de Vries did a great job in yesterday’s race. He won two points in the Monza race and was much faster than fellow team driver Nicolas Latifi. The Dutchman is again ready to sit behind the wheel of the British car if necessary.