The hospital where Niki Lauda underwent a lung transplant released a statement Monday that the three-time Formula 1 world champion has continued to improve since the procedure.
According to reports, the 69-year-old was flown to Vienna for treatment after becoming ill while vacationing in Ibiza. Vienna General Hospital confirmed at the time that Lauda required the transplant due to “a severe lung disease.”
On Monday, the hospital said Lauda was making progress from his successful surgery.
“Already 24 hours after surgery Mr. Lauda could be extubated, was spontaneously breathing and had full consciousness.
“During the following days his condition has further improved continuously and all organs are functioning well.
“Mr Lauda. will stay at the Vienna General Hospital until his full recovery.”
Lauda, who previously required kidney transplants in 1997 and 2005, is a non-executive chairman of the Mercedes Formula 1 team, and owns a percentage of the team. He suffered injuries to his lungs in his near-fatal crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix.