Russell Update From HMC

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
The following release just came in from Scott's team, HMC Ducati:

HMC Ducati Team rider, Scott Russell, is resting comfortably in Halifaxhospital following surgery to injuries sustained to his left arm and leg in anaccident at Daytona Speedway during the first round of the AMA Chevy Trucks USSuperbike Championship.

Russell was rushed to Halifax Hospital, where he underwent surgery to repairthe compound fractures to his left leg and arm. He lost a lot of blood both onhis way to hospital and during surgery; a total of seven transfusions weremade. Surgeons replaced the shattered bone in his left arm with a plate...

and placed a pin in his leg. Russell was moved out of intensive care on Tuesdaymorning but returned that evening after surgery to remove a broken drainagetube from in his leg persuaded doctors to leave the incisions open for severaldays to try and relieve the pressure build up caused by swelling.

Despite pain and discomfort, Scott is in high spirits. He was sitting upeating breakfast this morning and complaining -- a good sign, saysScott's sister Sheri. The former World Champion is confident he will beriding soon and has promised Team Owner, Mitch Hansen, that he will be back onthe bike before long. His family has stayed on in Daytona to be byScott's side and thousands of get well wishes have flooded intoScott's internet site.

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