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Injured Polish race car driver to get drop of Pope John Paul II’s blood

By Catholic News Service

Injured Polish race car driver Robert Kubica was to receive a reliquary containing a drop of blood from the late Pope John Paul II in an effort that Church officials hope will hasten the 26-year-old Formula One star’s recovery from a serious crash.

Kubica also will receive a strip of fabric from one of the late pope’s liturgical robes, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz told Warsaw’s TVN24 news.

Polish Formula One driver Robert Kubica, age 26, was seriously injured in road rally Feb. 6. He asked for relics of the late John Paul II, who will be beatified on May 1.

“John Paul II was a sportsman himself, he loved sport as a young man,” said the cardinal, who was secretary to the Polish pope.

Considered a rising star on the Formula One circuit, Kubica was competing in a road rally in Liguria, Italy, February 6th, when he lost control of his vehicle at high speed on a curve and crashed into a guardrail. He sustained multiple fractures and his right hand was partially severed, according to police.

Co-driver Jakub Gerber, a passenger in the vehicle, was uninjured.

Kubica remained hospitalized under intensive care February 14th near the northwest Italy coastal town of Genoa. Doctors performed seven hours of surgery in an attempt to save the driver’s right hand. He also underwent other surgeries to repair broken bones in his arm, shoulder and foot.

Renault, for whom Kubica drives, said in a statement February 14 on the company website that his condition “remains positive.”

“He will stay in intensive care for the next couple of days to allow a complete checkup and to avoid another change of department before his final operation. His good general condition means that the final surgery (on the elbow) is scheduled for Wednesday,” the statement said.

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