CHAMPCAR/CART: Da Matta medical update 2006-08-07

Cristiano da Matta's Condition Continues to Improve RuSPORT driver making slow, steady progress in intensive care in Wisconsin LOVELAND, Colo., Aug. 7, 2006, 7:00 pm EDT -- The condition of Champ Car World Series driver Cristiano da Matta (...

Cristiano da Matta's Condition Continues to Improve

RuSPORT driver making slow, steady progress in intensive care in Wisconsin

LOVELAND, Colo., Aug. 7, 2006, 7:00 pm EDT -- The condition of Champ Car World Series driver Cristiano da Matta (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth / Lola / Bridgestone) continues to improve as he recovers from a serious head injury at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wisc. Da Matta was injured after colliding with a deer that ran onto the track near Turn Six at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., on Thursday afternoon.

Earlier today, Champ Car Medical Director Dr. Chris Pinderski, who has been very involved in da Matta's care and recovery process, flew to Wisconsin to monitor the condition of da Matta. He visited da Matta and spoke with da Matta's family and attending physician, Dr. Randall R. Johnson. The following statement is an update on da Matta's medical status.

"Cristiano continues to make slow but steady progress while in the Intensive Care Unit at Theda Clark Medical Center. At this point in his recovery, Dr. Johnson has begun to decrease Cristiano's sedation. The care Cristiano has been receiving has been excellent and he'll remain in the Intensive Care Unit while his condition and progress are being monitored."

Further updates on da Matta's condition will be issued by RuSPORT as they become available.

Since da Matta's accident on Thursday, RuSPORT and Champ Car have received many messages of support for da Matta. In response, RuSPORT also announced on Friday that, in lieu of sending flowers and gifts, anyone wishing to express their support for da Matta during his recovery is asked to please make a donation in his name to Hole in the Wall Camps, an official charity of the Champ Car World Series. Donation information can be found by visiting www.holeinthewallcamps.org, or by calling 203-562-1203.

Get well cards for da Matta can be sent to:

Cristiano da Matta, patient
Theda Clark Medical Center
130 2nd St.
Neenah, WI 54956

-credit: rusport

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