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Juan Manuel Correa able to stand for first time since crash

by Ida Wood

Photo: Joe Portlock / LAT Images / FIA F2 Championship

Juan Manuel Correa has stood for the first time since his Formula 2 crash as he continues his recovery in hospital in London.

The Ecuadorian-American detailed the latest update in his rehabilitation process on Instagram, sharing a video of him standing up from his hospital bed and doing muscle exercises with his legs before sitting back down again.

Correa had to vote against amputation to keep both of his legs after the crash, and underwent lengthy surgery, one lasting 17 hours, to rebuild the damaged right limb.

“First time standing up. Slowly progressing,” Correa said on Instagram after the latest landmark in his recovery.

He also humorously described the challenge of supporting his body weight through his legs as “horrible” when asked by an assisting member of hospital staff.

Next month, Correa is set to move out of London to join his family in Miami having completed his last round of surgery in the UK. Once in America, he will begin his long-term rehab which is expected to “last between 10 months to a year” before the metal frame surrounding Correa’s lower right leg will be removed and assessments on the strength of his foot will be made.

Recently the Sauber junior been visited by Red Bull Racing Formula 1 driver and “new nurse” Alex Albon, as well as members of his family from America.