Bianchi won’t give up fight for life, says de­fi­ant fa­ther

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THE fa­ther of Jules Bianchi claims his fam­ily are “liv­ing a night­mare”, but in­sists his son “will not give up” his fight for life.

In the wake of Bianchi’s hor­rific ac­ci­dent dur­ing the Ja­panese Grand Prix on Oc­to­ber 5, Philippe Bianchi has re­vealed Jules’ sit­u­a­tion is “des­per­ate” and it is “a mir­a­cle” the 25-yearold is still alive. Marus­sia driver Bianchi

suf­fered a dif­fuse ax­onal in­jury to his brain – where the dam­age is more wide­spread – fol­low­ing a crash into a re­cov­ery ve­hi­cle at Suzuka.

On his ar­rival at the Mie Gen­eral Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Yokkaichi, the French­man had surgery, but re­mains in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Philippe, along with Bianchi’s mother Chris­tine, brother Tom and sis­ter Melanie, have since main­tained a con­stant bed­side vigil.

Speak­ing for the first time since the ac­ci­dent, Philippe ad­mit­ted: “The sit­u­a­tion is des­per­ate.

“Ev­ery time the tele­phone goes we know it could be the hos­pi­tal to tell us Jules is dead.

“He will not give up, I’m sure of that. I can see it. I be­lieve it.

“I speak to him. I know he can hear me.

“His doc­tors have told us this is al­ready a mir­a­cle, no-one has ever sur­vived such a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent. But Jules won’t give up.”

Philippe added: “In a week the life of this fam­ily has been de­stroyed.

“What are we do­ing here? Liv­ing a night­mare in a place very far from home.

“It’s very se­ri­ous, but he’s sta­ble.”

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