Teen racing driver's legs amputated while in an induced coma after a crash
A 17-year-old English racing driver has had both legs amputated while in an induced coma after being involved in a high-speed crash.
Billy Monger was left fighting for his life after his car collided with a Finnish rival's during a British F4 race at Donington Park on Sunday (NZT Monday).
Onboard footage from a camera on Monger's car showed him seeming to run into the back of Patrik Pasma's stationary car in the FIA-sanctioned series.
After being trapped in his car for an hour and a half at the central England circuit, Monger was airlifted to a hospital in nearby Nottingham.
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, @BillyMonger— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) April 19, 2017
British F4 officials said Monger was in a "critical, but stable condition''.
"Due to the injuries sustained and despite every effort, Billy has sadly had both lower legs amputated,'' they said in a statement.
"He has been kept in an induced coma while undergoing surgery, from which he is expected to be woken in the next few days.''
Please give Billy some support if you can. Keep boxing mate 🙏 https://t.co/nmFu8nFN6s— Mark Webber (@AussieGrit) April 19, 2017
Monger's family is seeking donations to fund the "care, treatments and therapies'' the teenager now requires "to return to a full and active life''.
By Wednesday evening (NZT Thursday morning), the total had reached £173,000 pounds (NZ$316,000) of the £260,000 (NZ$474,000) target.
"Having always been a fighter Billy has already overcome big hurdles in his career,'' the family said on the fundraising website.
"Struggling for budget Billy has fought his way into top-flight motorsport, however, we now need your kindness and support to help give Billy and his family the best chance to fight these injuries that will affect Billy's life so massively.''
Kiwi racing driver Brendon Hartley also tweeted his support.