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Niki Lauda could soon leave intensive care - report

2018-10-16 11:11

Image: AFP / Erwin Scheriau

Niki Lauda could finally be preparing to leave intensive care, following a lung transplant more than two months ago.

Osterreich newspaper quoted a friend as saying: "Niki is already making great progress."

Lauda not ready yet

The report said that following a long period of uncertainty, the 69-year-old Formula 1 legend's body has "accepted the new lung".

READ: Recovering Lauda 'a lot better' now - brother

"In one sense, Lauda can already leave the hospital, but because of the long layoff, the musculature is so weakened that he currently finds it difficult to stand unaided," Osterreich explained.

So the report said the triple world champion and Mercedes team chairman will set about strengthening his body with the help of three physiotherapists.

"Once the muscles are again in good shape, Lauda may soon leave the hospital in Vienna and move to a rehab clinic.

"His wife Birgit hopes this could happen in late October or early November," Osterreich said.

A return to the F1 paddock could then possibly take place "early next season".


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