Jules Bianchi No Longer In Induced Coma: Family

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Jules Bianchi, the 25 year old French Formula One driver, is out of artificial coma and is breathing unaided, but is still unconscious, says his family.

Jules, has also been taken away from the hospital in Yokkaichi, Japan to intensive care in Nice, France. He was brought there aeromedically.

Bianchi's parents, Philippe and Christine Bianchi said, "Almost seven weeks after Jules' accident at Suzuka Circuit, and following a challenging period of neurological intensive care, we are able to announce Jules has made an important step."

The 25 year old's condition is still critical though. The main focus now is to improve his brain function.

Bianchi suffered a Diffuse Axonal Injury, during the Japanese Grand Prix, 7 weeks earlier. The Frenchman lost control of his Formula One car and crashed into a recovery vehicle which was deployed to clear Adrian Sutil's car, which crashed one lap earlier.

Jules has ever since been in a critical situation. He had undergone multiple surgeries in the hospital in Yokkaichi near Suzuka, where he was admitted after the crash.

Bianchi's family were relieved at the successful transfer from Japan to Southern France, where he is undergoing treatment now, after a journey of 6,000 miles.

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Story first published: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 11:49 [IST]
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