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DeltaWing Race Engineer Catherine Crawford Suffers Brain Tumour (updated)

A statement released earlier today by the Crawford family confirmed that Catherine Crawford, currently race engineer on the DeltaWing race programme, is in hospital in Italy having been diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this week.


On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, our daughter Catherine, Engineering Manager at Crawford Composites and Lead Engineer at DeltaWing Racing, underwent emergency surgery in Rome, Italy for a brain tumor.

Catherine and her husband Russ were on a business-pleasure trip to Italy when she suffered a severe headache and more serious symptoms were immediately evident. The surgeons have praised Russ for his swift action in getting Catherine to hospital, something that positively affected the outcome.

Our family is here in Rome at present supporting Russ and Catherine. We acknowledge that the road to recovery will be a long one but the surgeons are encouraged by the progress Catherine has displayed already.

We want to thank all who have expressed their support and love and at this time we respectfully request privacy.

Max and Jan Crawford
Crawford Composites

We’d like to send Catherine and her family our very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

A very positive update comes from Catherine’s family with Catherine now discharged from hospital in Italy.

“We can’t thank enough the exceptional surgeon, Dr. Biagia La Pira, and all the folks at Umberto Hospital in Rome for all they’ve done for Kate and our family.

“Catherine is recovering at a speed that’s very encouraging and will fly with husband Russ and the Crawford family home to the U.S. on Saturday. She has said to us to thank everyone who has reached out to express their love and support.”