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John Force moved to acute neuro care unit

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Living legend John Force has been transferred to a new location within the Virginia hospital where he has been a patient for the last two weeks. He is no longer in the neuro-intensive care unit.

Now, Force is in the acute neurocare. He has been in the hospital since June 23rd.

John Force Racing Funny Car legend John Force doing a burnout before a pass at Bristol Dragway
John Force doing a burnout before a pass at Bristol Dragway (Photo by the NHRA)

The Funny Car icon had a catastrophic explosion during the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie, Virginia. This resulted in Force losing control of his 300-plus-mph race car and hitting both guard rails.

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He suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and a fractured sternum. Force also suffered a right wrist injury.

He is no longer in intensive care, the team said. However, they continue to emphasize that he has a long road ahead.

“The latest upgrade was welcomed by Force family members who have maintained a presence at the hospital since the 16-time NHRA Champion’s arrival,” John Force Racing said in a statement. “Medical professionals emphasized once again that the journey ahead will be a long and difficult one.

“Although Force is still dealing with cognitive and behavioral symptoms from his TBI, the fact that the Hall of Fame driver can converse with medical staff, family members, and John Force Racing president Robert Hight, who flew in this week, is an encouraging sign. However, there have also been periods of confusion, which doctors say require time and patience to treat.”

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The press release said that Force has regained his equilibrium. He is now able to walk with the assistance of the medical staff.

He will eventually be moved to a long-term facility to treat his TBI and the symptoms that he is going through. At press time, no timetable was released when that may be.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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