After three nights in the intensive care unit, Alex Zanardi’s condition is unchanged according to the hospital treating him.
The former F1 driver was rushed to hospital in a helicopter after being involved in a handbike accident last Friday in Italy.
He quickly underwent head surgery and has been in the hospital’s intensive care unit, in a coma, ever since. Shortly after surgery, the surgeon stated that his condition was “serious but stable.”
“He arrived here with major facial cranial trauma, a smashed face, and a deeply fractured frontal bone [forehead]. The numbers are good, although it remains a very serious situation,” Ap reported him as saying.
“We won’t see what his neurological state is until he wakes up — if he wakes up. Serious condition means it’s a situation when someone could die. Improvement takes time in these cases.
The Santa Maria alle Scotte University Hospital have now released an official statement providing an update on the 53-year-olds condition.
“The third night of ICU stay passed without variations,” they said.
“The clinical conditions, therefore, remain unchanged in the cardio-respiratory and metabolic parameters while the neurological picture remains serious.
“The patient is sedated, intubated and mechanically ventilated and the prognosis is confidential. The multi-disciplinary team that has him under treatment will evaluate in the coming days any diagnostic [or] therapeutic actions to be taken.”
The hospital has previously stated that, while he could eventually wake up, the brain damage is likely to be serious and permanent.