Although he was awake and alert in the hours following the crash, it was clear that Wickens’ injuries would be bad. Indeed, a couple of weeks later the full extent of them was revealed with bones broken in his neck, back, hands, legs, ribs, right forearm and elbow, as well as an injury to his spinal cord – the most worrying of the lot.
After undergoing multiple surgeries, he was transferred to a rehab centre in Indianapolis to recover from his injuries. However, he recently revealed on social media that he’s currently paralysed from the waist down.
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Did my first slide transfer as a paraplegic today. My upper body is getting stronger and stronger and hopefully I’ll be able to do it unassisted soon. I’ve only been posting videos of the small movement in my legs, but the reality is I am far away from walking on my own. Some people are a bit confused with the severity of my injury, so I wanted let you know the reality of it. I’ve never worked harder for anything in my life, and I am giving it all I’ve got to spark those nerves in my legs. 💪🏽
It’s going to be a massive mountain for Wickens to climb and it looks like it’ll be quite a while until he can get back behind the wheel again, let alone racing. He has the determination, though, and his SPM team has already said it’ll hold his IndyCar seat for him, “no matter the amount of time it takes for his full recovery”.
What a champ – we’re all behind you, Robert!
Edit: Wickens later added a clarification on his condition
I just wanted to clarify a few things. There seems to be some confusion about what the word “paraplegic” really means. Please read my statement below. Thank you all for your amazing support! You’re all a big part in helping me get back on my feet! pic.twitter.com/hcxp4mOcCN
— Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) October 27, 2018
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