Alex Zanardi, an Italian race-car winner turned Paralympic gold medalist, is in”severe” but”stable” state after crashing to a lorry through a handbike relay race Friday.
The former Formula One driver is now hooked up to an artificial ventilator in the Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital at Siena, central Italy.
“He came here with significant facial cranial injury – a shattered face”, physician Giuseppe Olivieri stated on Saturday. “The figures are great, even though it remains an extremely serious problem,” he added.
The incident happened near the town of Pienza.
Zanardi was transported to the hospital via helicopter and experienced”a delicate neurosurgery surgery” because of”severe psychiatric injury.”
The operation lasted about 3 months after which Zanardi was transferred to the intensive care unit.
“We will not find what his neurological condition is until he wakes up. Progress takes time in these types of scenarios. Turns for the worse could be surprising,” Olivieri said.
Back in 2001, he endured a dreadful injury that cost him both of his legs through a CART event in Germany.
Throughout his comeback, Zanardi made his very own prosthetics and learned to walk.
Then he turned his focus to hand-cycling and turned into a hugely successful athlete, winning four gold medals and two silvers in the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics, in addition to setting an Ironman album in his course in 2019.