A little over six months after his accident in Suzuka the condition of Jules Bianchi remains unchanged, according to his father.
A clearly emotional Philippe Bianchi spoke for the first time in some weeks in an interview with Nice-Matin.
“The only thing we can say is that he fights with force, as he always fought before and after the accident,” said Bianchi Sr. “Every day, Jules is doing a marathon. From a medical point of view, his condition is stable. He is fairly autonomous. No physical problem. All his organs are working without assistance. But for now, he remains unconscious, in a coma.
“For this kind of trauma, as we know, evolution is very slow. Compared to what was said by the Japanese professor who was immediately operated in Yokkaichi, this is already day and night. There, when we arrived, with Jules‘s mother, there was no hope. The prognosis was alarmist. There was talk of irreversible damage, and a one year period at least before the transfer, which was finally done after seven weeks, as he quickly could breathe again on his own.
“Neurologically, the doctors told us that there is no specific intervention to do. Most importantly, to stimulate Jules is that he feels a constant presence at his side. That’s why we take turns every day, his mother, his sister, his brother and me. Also Gina, the German girlfriend of Jules, who lives here now.”
He added: “From time to time, at his bedside, we see that things are happening. At times, he is more ‘active,‘ he moves more, his hand shakes. But is it mere reflex reactions or real? Hard to know. The important thing is that he is followed by excellent specialists.”