Kubica begins rehabilitation process
|By Pablo Elizalde||Tuesday, February 22nd 2011, 15:05 GMT|
Robert Kubica has begun his rehabilitation and is in "pretty good" condition mentally following his accident, one of the the doctors treating him said on Tuesday.
Kubica underwent his final surgery last week and was moved out of the intensive care unit a few days ago.
Doctor Igor Rossello said Kubica's conditions was positive and that the Pole was already working on his rehabilitation.
"He no longer needs intensive care so he has begun the rehabilitation process," Rossello, a hand specialist, said.
"He is now in his own large room so that he is as comfortable as possible. He has already started some gentle hand exercises with the slight flexing of his fingers.
"He can move his fingers slightly and has a little bit of sensitivity already in his hand. What is very important is that there is no sign of infection, which is the main concern."
He added: "I saw him this morning around 8:30am. He is doing pretty well and his condition is positive considering what he has been through. The good news is that there have been no complications following all the surgery he has had recently.
"He's no longer in pain and his psychological condition is pretty good. He's obviously keen to start the rehabilitation work as soon as possible."
Rossello admitted it was hard to tell how long will Kubica stay in the hospital's rehabilitation department.
"It's difficult to say. For the next couple of weeks, he will stay here so we can monitor his condition. During that time there is still the possibility of infection and other complications so he will have the dressings on his hand changed every few days. After two weeks we will assess his next move."
In his first interview after the accident, Kubica said he was determined to return to action this year.