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F1 driver Alex Albon suffered respiratory failure and was in intensive care following an operation to remove his appendix.
The Williams racer was diagnosed with appendicitis on Saturday morning and was forced to pull out of the Italian Grand Prix. He underwent surgery on the same day but suffered complications which led to respiratory failure and saw him transferred to intensive care.
However, he has since responded well to treatment and is expected to return home on Tuesday. The British-based Thai driver is still hopeful of competing at the next Grand Prix in Singapore at the start of next month.
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A Williams team statement read: "Further to Alex Albon’s diagnosis of appendicitis on the morning of Saturday 10 September, he was admitted to San Gerardo hospital for treatment. He underwent a successful laparoscopic surgery on Saturday lunchtime.
"Following surgery, Alex suffered with unexpected post-operative anaesthetic complications which led to respiratory failure, a known but uncommon complication. He was re-intubated and transferred to intensive care for support.
"He made excellent progress overnight and was able to be removed from mechanical ventilation yesterday morning. He has now been transferred to a general ward and is expected to return home tomorrow. There were no other complications.
"Alex’s full focus is on recovery and preparation ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix later this month. Alex would like to thank the excellent care and support he has received, including from the nursing, anaesthetic and ICU teams at Osperdale San Gerardo – ASST Monza, the FIA medical team, his Performance Coach Patrick Harding, the Williams Racing team and Dr Luke Bennett from HINTSA Performance."
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