Williams driver Alex Albon suffers respiratory failure following appendix surgery

Williams revealed that Alex Albon should return home on Tuesday as he was discharged from the ventilator on September 11.

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Updated - 12 September 2022 10:37 PM

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Williams driver Alex Albon had an appendix surgery on Saturday but suffered a respiratory failure and was treated in intensive care. Formula One racer Alex was put on a ventilator after suffering 'post-operative anaesthetic complications'.

The 26-year-old Thai-British F1 racer was replaced by Williams' reserve driver Nyck de Vries for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix in Monza, which was won by Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

The F1 team, Williams revealed that  Alex Albon should return home on Tuesday as he  was discharged from the ventilator on September 11 morning and is now back on a general ward in Monza, Italy.

Williams released a statement on Alex Albon's health status that read, "Further to Alex Albon's diagnosis of appendicitis on the morning of Saturday 10 September, he was admitted to hospital for treatment. He underwent successful surgery on Saturday lunchtime.

"Following surgery, Alex suffered with unexpected post-operative anaesthetic complications which led to respiratory failure, a known but uncommon complication. He was re-intubated and transferred to intensive care for support.  He made excellent progress overnight and was able to be removed from mechanical ventilation yesterday morning."

Meanwhile, Albon is expected to compete in the Singapore Grand Prix on September 30 as Williams claimed his "full focus is on recovery and preparation" .

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