Alex Zanardi remains in serious but stable condition after accident

22 June 2020 - 08:19 By Reuters
Alex Zanardi of Italy, who lost both legs and nearly his life in a 2001 Champ Car crash in Germany, was still under sedation in hospital and breathing with the help of a ventilator.
Alex Zanardi of Italy, who lost both legs and nearly his life in a 2001 Champ Car crash in Germany, was still under sedation in hospital and breathing with the help of a ventilator.
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Former Formula One driver and twice Champ Car champion Alex Zanardi remained in a serious but stable condition in intensive care on Sunday after suffering severe head injuries in a road accident while racing his hand bike in Italy on Friday.

The 53-year-old Italian, who lost both legs and nearly his life in a 2001 Champ Car crash in Germany, was still under sedation, intubated and breathing with the help of a ventilator, according to a hospital statement.

The Santa Maria alle Le Scotte hospital in Siena said Zanardi spent the night in “cardio-respiratory and metabolic stability” though the neurological situation remained serious.

“The current conditions of general stability still do not allow us to exclude the possibility of adverse events,” the statement added.

Zanardi 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 the horrific crash at the Lausitzring in Germany on September 15 2001.


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