The brazilian Rubens Barrichello, former pilot of F1, revealed that he recently had a stroke onset (AVC), and that shortly after he underwent surgery to remove a benign tumor on his neck.
“I was at home taking a bath and suddenly I felt a pain in my head. From 0 to 10, it was a pain of 8 or 9, to break. I thought, my goodness, my engine broke ”, Barrichello, 45, explained in an interview broadcast by Globe Television.
The former Ferrari rider said that he went to the hospital that day and that, after catheterization, the doctors told him that in less than two hours "The vein that had been opened by a malformation" he regenerated with his own blood. "When I left the hospital they told me that only 14% left the way I left", he congratulated himself.
After that beginning of AVC, at the end of January, Barrichello revealed that he went to have some exams and that the doctors gave him "They found a little tumor" that "They withdrew quickly because it was benign, but it needed to be withdrawn because it grows."
The current Stock Car participant said he felt the "Luckiest man in the world" for having overcome all those setbacks, with no more consequences than a scar on his neck that he showed to the viewers.
The Brazilian retired from Formula 1 in 2011, after a long career in which he recorded 11 victories.