Zanardi undergoes neurosurgery for a second time

Paola Ditto
Luglio 1, 2020

Alex Zanardi has undergone a second round of neurosurgery and remains in a medically-induced coma in an Italian hospital after sustaining severe injuries in a hand cycling accident just under two weeks ago. Since then, the former rider has been in an artificial coma in the hospital and it remains to be seen how he will get out of this situation.

"His condition remains stable from the cardio-respiratory and metabolic point of view, serious from the neurological point of view", said the statement.

"The intervention carried out represents a step that had been anticipated by the team", according to the university's health director, Roberto Gusinu.

Ex-Formula 1 and CART driver Zanardi was hit by a vehicle while taking part in a Paralympic handbike event in Siena on 19 June, leaving him with head and facial injuries. "In agreement with the family, the next bulletin will be issued in about 24 hours".

The 53-year-old Zanardi, who lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash almost 20 years ago, has been on a ventilator since he crashed his handbike into an oncoming truck near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19 during a relay event.

He had both legs amputated above the knee, with his heart stopping seven times as he lost all but a litre of the blood in his body, after a horrific crash in a Champ auto race at the Lausitzring in Germany in September 2001.

Zanardi brought back two gold medals from the 2012 London Paralympic Games and four years later won two more in Rio de Janeiro.

Following his accident, Zanardi was fitted with two prosthetic limbs and after competing at the World Touring Car Championship turned to Para-cycling.

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