Alex Zanardi, an Italian race-car winner turned paralympic gold medalist, is at”severe” but”stable” state after crashing into a lorry through a handbike relay race on 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, though it remains an extremely serious problem,” he added.
The incident happened near the town of Pienza.
Zanardi was transported to hospital via helicopter and experienced”a fragile neurosurgery surgery” because of”severe psychiatric injury.”
The operation lasted about three hoursafter which Zanardi was transferred to the intensive care unit.
“We will not find exactly what his neurological condition is till he wakes up. Progress takes time in these types of scenarios. Turns for the worse could be surprising,” Olivieri said.
53-year old Zanardi won two CART championships in america and raced in Formula One involving 1991 and 1999 together with the Jordan, Minardi, Lotus and Williams teams.
In 2001, he endured a dreadful injury which cost him both of his legs through a CART event in Germany.
Throughout his recovery, Zanardi made his very own prosthetics and learned to walk .
Then he turned his focus to hand-cycling and grown to 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 at 2019.