CONCORD, NC - Jerry Nadeau continues to make improvements after a practice crash at Richmond International Speedway two weeks ago left him with head, lung and rib injuries. Nadeau, who was moved out of intensive care last Thursday, remains in fair...
CONCORD, NC - Jerry Nadeau continues to make improvements after a practice crash at Richmond International Speedway two weeks ago left him with head, lung and rib injuries. Nadeau, who was moved out of intensive care last Thursday, remains in fair condition in a Virginia hospital.
Nadeau's family remains encouraged by his progress.
"Every day they see signs of him getting better and that's their motivation," said GM of MB2 Jay Frye. "As he gets better obviously it encourages them, keeps them determined and motivated."
Frye also commented that Nadeau remains semi-conscious yet responsive. He has full use of his arms and legs. Frye also revealed that Nadeau suffered a fractured left scapula, and Doctor's are classifying his head injury as "moderate to severe". While Nadeau has been responsive in other ways, he still is unable to communicate verbally.
"Jerry is currently semi-conscious and has not yet been able to communicate verbally. He is responsive and is able to process information," said Frye.
Doctor's at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center remain hopeful at Nadeau's progress, where he will soon be able to start a rehabilitation program before being transferred to a North Carolina facility.
"The doctors are very encouraged by where he is today. His recovery is ongoing and it appears he is on course," Frye said.
"When I've seen him the last four, five times, he looks good. He looks like Jerry. There is some frustration because you would like to have him respond to you. He is, but just not verbally."
Veteran driver Mike Wallace will fill in for Nadeau while he recovers. Wallace's first start in the MB2 01 Pontiac will be at The Winston Open at Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend.