But the good news is that the Spaniard appears to be out of the woods, with her surgeries behind her and recuperation ahead.
Marussia announced today that de Villota had been discharged from hospital and returned home to Spain, where she can recover surrounded by her nearest and dearest.
17 days after her testing accident at Duxford Airfield, the Marussia F1 Team are pleased to report that Test Driver Maria De Villota has returned to Spain.
Maria left Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge yesterday (20 July) and returned directly to Spain.
Over the course of the past two weeks, Maria has made significant progress. More comfortable and familiar surroundings, plus the support of her wider family and friends, will undoubtedly provide a more conducive environment in which Maria can commence the next phase of her recovery.
The Marussia F1 Team have remained in close contact with the medical team at Addenbrooke's Hospital since Maria's admittance and would like to express their gratitude for the remarkable care and attention that she has received there.
The Marussia F1 Team - the staff, race drivers Timo Glock and Charles Pic, and all those associated with the Team - wish Maria well with the next stage of her recovery. The management team will continue to liaise closely with Maria and her family and provide any assistance possible during the coming months.