Fonsi Nieto relives Indy op nightmare

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Fonsi Nieto has revealed he wept uncontrollably after he nearly died following surgery in Indianapolis last month.

The 31-year-old broke his left foot in a Moto2 qualifying crash in Indianapolis but went into cardiac arrest for nearly a minute while he recovered from corrective surgery.

He needed two further operations before being allowed to fly back to Europe over a week after the crash.

An emotional Nieto said: “The first operation should have taken two hours but it took almost seven. But that was nothing. The pain in my leg was like a truck was crushing my foot.

"Then my heart stopped for nearly one minute because of a complication and at one stage amputation of my leg was considered. I cried like a child when I knew I was okay. It feels like a miracle and I’m the happiest man alive.”

A third operation to close wounds saw him have a reaction to the anaesthetic and he had to spend the night in intensive care.

Nieto has been told not to put weight on his foot for four months but he plans to return to action in Japan in early October.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt