After numerous blood transfusions, and multiple surgeries (including skin graft procedures), Scott Russell is resting a bit more comfortably and looking forward to going home. This is according to a series of reports on Russell’s website posted by his sister Sheri.
Scott’s family has consulted with noted surgeon Arthur Ting (doctor to Mick Doohan, Miguel DuHamel and other racers). Aside from the bone injuries, Russell apparently has some serious soft tissue damage in his arm and leg.
Please take the time to visit Scott Russell’s website here. Click on “News” at the top, and read his sister’s chronology of this week’s events at Halifax Memorial Hospital. At the bottom of the News page, please take the time to send Scott a “Get Well” e-mail.
For those of you who don’t know, Scott is one of the greatest roadracers in the history of this country. He is not only a five-time Daytona 200 winner and Suzuka Eight Hour champion, he has been both AMA Superbike champion and World Superbike champion. He accomplished these things, even though he began to ride and race seriously at an age when Nicky Hayden, for instance, had already won an AMA National championship. In the early to mid-1990s, Russell was considered by many to be the most naturally gifted roadracer of them all (think of Anthony Gobert’s natural gifts, for instance).
After his glory years, Russell competed on largely uncompetitive machinery (including an aging Yamaha superbike platform before the introduction of the R7, and, more recently, the Harley-Davidson superbike). His Ducati ride this year in AMA Superbike had everyone excited to see what Scott could do on top-notch machinery.