Doctors have labelled surgery on Juan Manuel Correa's lower right leg a success following an intensive reconstructive surgery last Sunday.
Lasting 17 hours, the marathon operation saw doctors perform a combination of Orthopedic Flap and External Fixation Surgeries.
During the surgery, doctors were forced to remove more bone material than anticipated, along with resolving a number of blood vessel issues, but stated the main objective of the operation has been achieved.
“This past few weeks have been extremely tough, tougher than anything I have ever faced both physically and mentally,” said Correa.
“I understand my future regarding the recovery of my legs, specifically my right leg is still quite uncertain, and that my physical rehab will be extremely long and complicated.
“I am still processing everything that has, and is, happening.
“I want to thank every single person who one way or a another has shown me their support.
“I am humbled by the immense number of caring and affectionate messages I have received.
“Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, and know that your encouragement and positivity have made a difference.”
Correa is set to undergo further, less intensive surgery in two weeks' time, and is expected to leave hospital to begin his recovery in six weeks.