Jerry Nadeau medical update 2003-05-22

NASCAR Winston Cup driver Jerry Nadeau has regained full consciousness and is verbally communicating as he continues his rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va. Nadeau, 32, suffered a moderate to severe...

NASCAR Winston Cup driver Jerry Nadeau has regained full consciousness and is verbally communicating as he continues his rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va.

Nadeau, 32, suffered a moderate to severe head injury, a fractured left scapula (shoulder blade) and injuries to the left-side lung and ribs in a May 2 accident during practice at Richmond International Raceway.

Doctors at VCU Medical Center said Nadeau has shown rapid progress this week and is undergoing a rehabilitation program that includes physical, recreational, occupational and speech therapy.

Doctors also said Nadeau is medically stable and is not in a situation where it is necessary to classify his general condition.

Jay Frye, general manager of MB2 Motorsports, visited Nadeau on Tuesday (May 20) and was amazed with the progress of the U.S. Army/MB2 driver.

"The difference since the last time I saw Jerry was incredible," said Frye. "He is more responsive, more alert and following commands with more consistency. It was an emotional and wonderful feeling when he made the first move to shake my hand. Yesterday he was hugging and kissing his daughter (Natalie Kate, three-months-old) and had pizza for dinner. It is really remarkable to see how far he has progressed in a short time."

-mb2m-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jerry Nadeau