The Straits Times
Published on Nov 29, 2012

Formula One driver De Villota has more eye surgery


MADRID (AFP) - Spanish Formula One driver Maria De Villota has had further surgery to rebuild her face after she lost an eye in a high-speed crash, her family said on Wednesday.

De Villota, 32, lost her right eye when she crashed into a support vehicle during testing in England on July 3 and was operated on there before returning to Spain.

She had her latest, seven-hour operation on Nov 21 in her native Madrid, which her family confirmed a week later in a statement on Wednesday. "Maria de Villota underwent a new surgical operation aimed at craneal and ocular reconstruction," it said.

"The aim was to avoid future dysfunction due to the injuries caused by her accident." Doctors put new plates in her skull and were satisfied with her condition, it said. She will later need to have one more "less serious" operation.