“Robert asked me if his accident had left him paralysed, and he asked me to be honest,” said Morelli. “I told him no, that he had nothing that could not be healed with time.”
Kubica underwent a 7-hour surgery on Sunday, following his rally crash in Italy, after which he was put in an induced coma for the rest of the night. He woke up on Monday morning and has been receiving visits from close ones ever since, each praising his strength and determination to recover from his injuries.
“Robert is under the effect of sedatives to take away the pain, but I have seen him smiling, he's okay. The war is over,” added Morelli. “He is strong and tenacious and he will recover and be stronger than before.”
A report from Italy's Autosprint also revealed that Kubica asked Morelli to bring him a photograph of the late Pope John Paul II, a fellow Pole, to be at his bedside.
Since the first stage of his recuperation is now over – surgery to save his right arm, as amputation was considered a possibility at one point – Kubica is set to undergo a second operation on his right arm and foot on Friday, in order to stabilize his injuries in those regions. Later on, a third and final surgery will be needed, in a few days time, in order to stabilize his elbow.