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Thursday 14 December 2017

Bianchi's family 'living a nightmare' since crash

The father of Jules Bianchi claims his family are currently "living a nightmare", but insists his son "will not give up" his fight for life.

In the wake of Bianchi's horrific accident during the Japanese Grand Prix on October 5, Philippe Bianchi has revealed Jules' situation is "desperate" and it is "a miracle" he is still alive.

Marussia driver Bianchi, 25, suffered a diffuse axonal injury to his brain, where the damage is more widespread, following a crash into a recovery vehicle at Suzuka.

Upon his arrival at the Mie General Medical Centre in Yokkaichi, the Frenchman underwent immediate surgery, but remains in a critical condition.

Philippe, along with Bianchi's mother, Christine, brother Tom and sister Melanie have since maintained a constant bedside vigil.

Speaking for the first time since the accident, Philippe said: "The situation is desperate.

Hospital

"Every time the telephone goes we know it could be the hospital to tell us Jules is dead.

"He will not give up, I'm sure of that. I can see it. I believe it."

Philippe added: "I speak to him. I know he can hear me.

"His doctors have told us this is already a miracle, no-one has ever survived such a serious accident. But Jules won't give up.

"His trainer Andrea (Ferrari) says if there is one person who can make it happen, with his will, it's Jules."

Philippe concedes the past few days since the accident have been "tough", adding: "In a week the life of this family has been destroyed.

"What are we doing here? Living a nightmare in a place very far from home."

Clinging to hope, Philippe said: "When Jules gets a bit better we can transfer him, maybe to Tokyo and things will be a bit easier.

"But who knows when that will happen - if it will happen. We have no certainties, we just have to wait."

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