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Bianchi starts rehabilitation while remaining unconscious
Last Updated: 2014-12-31 06:24 | Xinhua
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Heavily injured Formula One driver Jules Bianchi stays unconscious but starts planned rehabilitation therapy, according to a statement from the Frenchman's family on Tuesday.

"Jules' neurological status remains unchanged," his parents explained the driver's situation one and a half months after his return from Japan to France. "He is still unconscious though he's able to breathe without aid.

"We find much comfort in the fact that Jules continues to fight, as we knew he would, which allows the medical professionals caring for him to commence the planned rehabilitation program, gradually. "

The 25-year-old Marussia driver crashed into a recovery vehicle on the rain-drenched Suzuka track on Oct. 5, which almost cost his life.

Bianchi had been at a Japanese hospital at Yokkaichi near Suzuka for nearly a month, before being flown to the Nice University Hospital Center's intensive care unit on Nov. 19 and waken from an artificial coma.

"It was important and very comforting for us to bring Jules home last month to continue his rehabilitation surrounded by family and friends, "said his family.

"Since then, Jules has received the best care, and now in rehabilitation center specialized for this kind of trauma," they added.

The family promised to continue providing information on his state and thanked fans and the press for their understanding and support.

"As we reflect on the events of the past few months, we would like to acknowledge once again the overwhelming warmth and affection shown towards our son.

"These continue to be challenging times for our family, but the knowledge that he has touched the lives of so many people all around the world has helped us through," read the statement.

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