Alex Zanardi

Zanardi’s condition “very serious” following surgery for head injuries

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Alex Zanardi has been moved into intensive care after undergoing three-hour surgery on the head and face injuries he suffered in a crash during a handbike earlier today.

The two-times CART IndyCar champion an ex-Formula 1 driver is being treated at the Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital outside Siena. A statement issued by the hospital said Zanardi’s condition remained “very serious”.

Zanardi is understood to have been involved in a collision with a truck during the Obiettivo Tricolore handbike event. He was airlifted to the hospital.

“Regarding the clinical conditions of Alex Zanardi, hospitalised in very serious conditions at the Santa Maria alle Scotte polyclinic due to a road accident in the province of Siena, the Health Directorate of the AOU [Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria] Senese informs that the neurosurgical and maxillofacial intervention to which the athlete was subjected, due to the severe head injury, started shortly after 19:00 and ended shortly before 22:00,” said the hospital in a statement.

“The patient was then transferred to intensive care, with a reserved prognosis. His health conditions are very serious.”

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  • 12 comments on “Zanardi’s condition “very serious” following surgery for head injuries”

    1. Tragic news…thoughts and prayers are with him and his family

    2. Stay tough Alex, you are a hero.

      I really hope he pulls through.

    3. Keep fighting, hero… Thoughts are with you tonight…

    4. Sending big love to Alex tonight. Such a hero

    5. Forza Zanardi ! You can do it this time too.

    6. My thoughts are with him, his friends, and his family. He is such a fighter, I hope things go his way.

    7. So they’re holding an event, where trucks are involved?!

      Alex is a harder man than a lot of other men put together, and my thoughts are with him.

      1. So they’re holding an event, where trucks are involved?!
        Apparently lost control of his bike on a downhill section and veered into oncoming traffic.

    8. His wife was one of the first people on the scene. What a horrific situation! Why was traffic allowed on the roads during this race???

      Good luck Alex! A true motorsport hero.

    9. A true legend, inspiration and a thoroughly lovely guy. Best wishes to him.

    10. Oh gosh, awful news. You are a true inspiration, best of luck Alex!

    11. That’s terrible news. Pull through please Alex.

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