Ex-F1 driver Alex Zanardi is showing “significant clinical improvements” according to the hospital he is being treated at.
The 53-year-old Italian was placed in a medically induced coma and had three operations at Siena’s Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital following his devastating accident during a road race near the Italian city on June 19.
His sedation was suspended to allow him to be transferred to a specialist clinic, but sadly the four-time Paralympic gold medalist returned to intensive care after a sudden worsening of his condition.
But Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital, where he is currently being treated, are now reporting marked improvements in Zanardi’s condition.
“After a period during which he was subjected to intensive care following hospitalisation on 24 July, the patient responded with significant clinical improvements. For this reason, he is currently assisted and treated with semi-intensive care at the Neuroreanimation Unit, directed by Professor Luigi Beretta,” read a statement from the hospital.
1993 Brazilian Grand Prix, enjoyed his most successful spell as a driver in the CART series in North America, becoming champion in 1997 and 1998.
After returning to F1 for a single, unproductive season with Williams in 1999, his motor racing career was ended two years later by a horrific crash at the Lausitzring in a CART championship race which caused both of his legs to be amputated.
Since then, Zanardi has enjoyed considerable success as a para-cyclist, winning four Paralympic gold medals and 12 World Championship titles.