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Mar 21, 2001

Update On Daytona-injured Scott Russell

As a result of a horrific starting-grid collision during the first restart of the Daytona 200, former AMA and World Superbike Champion Scott Russell remains in Intensive Care at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach after several attempts to move him to a private room. In the crash, Russell suffered severe compound fractures of his left arm and femur and has undergone surgery to replace bones with metal plates in his arm and to have a rod inserted in his femur. Russell went through another surgery to remove a drainage tube that broke off inside his leg during its attempted removal. On Wednesday, March 14, Russell got up and took steps with the aid of a walker, earning him a ticket to a private room. Later that night, an artery in Russell's injured leg burst. Luckily, Russell woke before he bled to death and went back to the ICU for another blood transfusion and for repairs to his artery. Russell has received at least eight blood transfusions during his time at Halifax.<BR><BR>Russell is slated for skin grafts to repair cuts made in his leg to relieve the pressure from swelling. It is possible that, after successful skin grafts, Russell could be transferred to an Atlanta-area hospital via an air ambulance, by the end of March. Russell wants to leave the hospital and begin his rehab as soon as possible. Russell has told friends and family that he intends on returning to racing this year.