Sport Motor racing: Zanardi undergoes neurosurgery for a second time

20:41  29 june  2020
20:41  29 june  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Zanardi seriously injured in accident

 Zanardi seriously injured in accident Former Formula 1 driver Alessandro Zanardi was seriously injured in a traffic accident in Italy. © Photo: Jens Büttner / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa Seriously injured in an accident: The Italian Alessandro Zanardi. The 53-year-old leg-amputated Italian was on a handbike near the city of Pienza in Tuscany when the accident happened, a police spokesman said. Zanardi was taken to a nearby hospital by helicopter. At first, there were no details of the severity of his injuries.

ROME (Reuters) - Former Formula One driver and Paralympic champion Alex Zanardi, seriously injured in a handbike accident 10 days ago, has undergone neurological surgery for a second time, a hospital statement said on Monday.

The Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital in Siena said that the surgery had lasted around two-and-a-half hours and that Zanardi, who suffered severe head injuries in the accident on June 19, was sedated and intubated in the intensive care unit.

"His condition remains stable from the cardio-respiratory and metabolic point of view, serious from the neurological point of view," said the statement. Hospital director Roberto Gusinu said that a second surgery had been envisaged by doctors beforehand.

Zanardi in serious but stable condition following handbike accident

  Zanardi in serious but stable condition following handbike accident Zanardi in serious but stable condition following handbike accidentThe 53-year-old Italian, who lost both legs and nearly his life in a 2001 Champ Car crash in Germany, was in a drug-induced coma and intubated, said Giuseppe Oliveri, neurosurgeon at the Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital in Siena where Zanardi was taken after the accident.

The 53-year-old Italian is an inspirational figure in the worlds of motorsport and Paralympic endeavour, a hugely popular and positive competitor who returned from life-changing injuries with a smile.

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 car race at the Lausitzring in Germany in September 2001.

He later turned to paracycling and won a total of four Paralympic gold medals, two each at London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

(Reporting by Brian Homewood; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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