Per the latest family statement, injured Marussia Formula One driver Jules Bianchi remains in "critical but stable" condition at Mie General Medical Center in Yoikkachi, Japan. Bianchi has been fighting for his life ever since colliding with a tractor at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Unfortunately, this means that Bianchi's condition has not significantly improved since the last time his family released a statement to the media. Earlier this month, Bianchi was described in exactly the same way: in "critical but stable" condition.
Regardless, the family remains impressed by the international outpouring of support for their injured son.
Here is the full statement, released today on the Marussia F1 team site:
On Behalf of the Bianchi Family
An Update Regarding Jules Bianchi
Thursday 30 October 2014, 23.00hrs local/15.00hrs CET
The family of Jules Bianchi would like to issue the following statement, by way of an update on Jules' medical condition. The Marussia F1 Team is supporting the family by facilitating its communication.
"It will be four weeks this coming Sunday since Jules' accident and he remains in the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi. His condition continues to be classified by the medical professionals here as critical but stable. Although we have no new information to give, we recognise that there are a huge number of people all around the world who are supporting Jules and willing him on in his fight. We owe it to his many fans to acknowledge the continued outpouring of messages, and to provide some information, however brief it may be.
"Jules does indeed continue to fight. Although there have been some reports suggestive of plans for Jules' treatment, at this time his fight will continue here in Yokkaichi. We are taking things step by step.
"Once again, we would like to offer our sincere appreciation for the patience and understanding being shown towards our family at this very difficult time. We also continue to be comforted by the knowledge that Jules is receiving the best possible care at the Mie General Medical Center, with the doctors here remaining in constant contact with the neurosurgeons at the University La Sapienza of Rome, and Professor Gerard Saillant, President of the FIA Medical Commission.
"We will provide a further update when it is appropriate to do so. In the meantime, thank you to everyone who continues to keep Jules in their thoughts and prayers."
Our thoughts remain with Bianchi's family, friends and team throughout this tough time.
This is also the first public statement of any kind released by the struggling Formula One team since going into administration earlier this week.