It was the most satisfying stroll of Stan Fox’s life. Ten weeks after a horrifying crash in the Indianapolis 500, the race car driver walked out of a rehabilitation hospital in Indianapolis and returned to his home in Wisconsin.
Smiling, talking and apparently well on his way to recovery, Fox left the hospital with his wife, Jean, at his side. It was the latest step in his remarkable improvement since his car slammed head-on into the first-turn wall on the opening lap of the race May 28.
Doctors removed a blood clot from his brain, but he was in a coma and in critical condition for five days while the potentially fatal brain swelling subsided.
Fox, a midget car veteran who drove Indy cars only once a year, finally regained consciousness on June 2, but his condition changed little over the next four weeks. Slowly, he began responding to simple commands and became more alert by late June. He was transferred from Methodist Hospital to the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana on July 6 and was released late Wednesday night.
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