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Sophia Flörsch

The 17-year-old German is one of five people who remain hospitalized at the São Januário Hospital in Macau following several accidents that occurred in the Grand Prix, which ran from Thursday to Sunday.

The young German driver Sophia Flörsch, who suffered a violent crash Sunday during the Formula 3 Grand Prix at the Macau Grand Prix, underwent surgery today and does not run a "risk of paralysis," said the team's director.

The surgery was "extremely successful" and there is no "risk of paralysis," said Frits van Amersfoort, owner of Van Amersfoort Racing, quoted by BBC News.

"Paralysis was the biggest fear, so the surgery was performed quickly because there was a risk of damage to the spinal cord. We are very happy that she is recovering," he added.

The 17-year-old German is one of five people who remain hospitalized at the São Januário Hospital in Macau following several accidents that occurred in the Grand Prix, which ran from Thursday to Sunday.

The young driver, who made her debut in the Macau Grand Prix, lost control on the third of 15 laps and crashed into the car of the Japanese Sho Tsuboi, running through the rails of protection in the curve approaching the Hotel Lisboa.

Sophia Flörsch was in the operating theater of the São Januário Hospital, the surgery started at 10:00 am (02:00 am in Lisbon), and lasted for about six hours.

She suffered several fractures in the vertebra, with compression in the central nervous system, and after the surgery she passed the sensitivity tests in all parts of the body.

"We have confidence that this will not affect her mobility in the future," and "we believe she can race again," one of the doctors said today after the surgery, stressing that the prognosis is still reserved.

Sho Tsuboi, a Japanese driver who was involved in the accident, was discharged on the same day.

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