The fear that he might have lost some of his vital functions following his testing accident last month struck Tiago Monteiro during the early days of his recovery in a Barcelona hospital.
Monteiro, the leader of the FIA World Touring Car Championship by 12 points, has been speaking about the crash and his ongoing recuperation through a series of videos being shown on the WTCC’s social media channels from Friday to Monday.
"The first few days were really hard because I couldn't breathe very well, I couldn’t articulate very well what I wanted to say,” said the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team driver. “I had a huge, huge headache and every time I opened my eyes I felt sick, I could see double and I wanted to throw up every time.
“I was trying to recover those essential feelings like breathing properly, I could not eat or drink very well for the first four or five days so I was just trying to recover that. I couldn’t sleep for more than 15 minutes in a row, my headache would wake me up and you’re getting tired, more nervous, more upset and everything makes it so much harder.
“You think about will I speak again, will I see again, will I move again. I was happy that I had nothing in my spine, I had no numbness, I could move my arms and my legs, I could move everything, but I could feel there was something wrong for sure.”
Monteiro was eventually flown back to his native Portugal to continue his recovery. “That was an important step psychologically because everything feels much better, you come back close to your family. Then I started to read all the amazing messages I got, it was so overwhelming, so nice that so many people are thinking of you. These kinds of messages really help you and the motivation really pushes you forward. The last four weeks have been very tough but now it’s getting much, much better and faster."
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