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Hall of Fame Driver John Force Out of Intensive Care, Faces Long Road to Recovery

Positive Progress in John Force’s Recovery

Less than two weeks after a harrowing accident, drag racing legend John Force is showing promising signs of recovery. On June 23, 2024, Force suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) along with a fractured sternum and a right wrist injury after an engine explosion sent his Funny Car crashing into a concrete guard wall at over 300 miles per hour. Airlifted to a nearby hospital, Force has since been moved out of the neuro-intensive care unit and into acute neuro care.

Update From The Force Family:

Family’s Relief and Medical Outlook

The Force family, present at the hospital since his admission, greeted this upgrade with relief. However, medical professionals caution that the road to full recovery remains arduous. While Force has made significant strides, including conversing with medical staff, family members, and John Force Racing president Robert Hight, who flew in this week, he still faces cognitive and behavioral challenges typical of TBI patients.

Encouraging Signs Amid Challenges

One of the most encouraging developments is Force’s ability to regain some equilibrium. With assistance from medical staff, the 75-year-old grandfather of five has started walking, a significant milestone in his recovery journey. However, periods of confusion persist, highlighting the need for time and patience in his treatment plan.

Next Steps in Force’s Recovery

As Force continues to improve, his family and medical team are preparing for the next phase of his recovery. The likely next step will involve transferring him to a long-term facility specializing in TBI and related symptoms. While the exact timing of this move remains uncertain, it represents a crucial part of his ongoing rehabilitation.

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A Long Journey Ahead

The racing community and fans around the world are closely following Force’s progress. Known for his resilience and determination, the 16-time NHRA Champion faces one of the toughest challenges of his life. With the support of his family, friends, and fans, John Force’s journey to recovery continues, embodying the spirit of a true champion.

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