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Teenage racing driver has double amputation following horrific crash

Thursday 20 April 2017, By Autovolo

Teenage racing driver has double amputation following horrific crash

Teenage racing driver has double amputation following horrific crash

Teenage Formula 4 racing driver Billy Monger has lost both his lower legs after a horrifying crash at Donington Park.

The 17-year-old collided with the back of Finnish driver Patrik Pasma’s car after it came to an abrupt halt on the track.

The entire crash was witnessed by crowds of people and was captured on video as the race was being broadcast live on TV at the time.

Monger spent 90 minutes inside the car while paramedics attended to him.

He was airlifted to hospital but unfortunately doctors couldn’t save the lower parts of both his legs.

The FIA Formula 4 Series released a statement saying: “Billy Monger is in a critical, but stable condition at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he is receiving the best medical attention possible. The medical team there are pleased that all Billy’s vital signs are showing progress and going in the right direction.

“Due to the injuries sustained and despite every effort, Billy has sadly had both lower legs amputated. He has been kept in an induced coma while undergoing surgery, from which he is expected to be woken in the next few days.”

A JustGiving page was set up to help support Monger throughout his treatment and in the future, with a target of £260,000

So far, in just two days, the cause has raised more than £500k, with the number increasing every hour. 

Many famous racing drivers have shown their support, including Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button, who donated £15,000.