Zanardi in ‘serious’ neurological state

Jamie Woodhouse
Alex Zanardi PA

Alex Zanardi is stable in hospital but is in a “serious neurological situation” after surgery, according to reports.

The racing and Paralympian star has had surgery on a severe head injury as confirmed in an update from Siena’s Santa Maria alle Scotte University Hospital.

Zanardi was taken to hospital by helicopter after he collided with a lorry at the Obiettivo Tricolore event.

He underwent surgery on Friday evening and remains in intensive care with the hospital reporting on Saturday morning that he has stable “hemodynamic and metabolic” parameters.

The four-time Paralympic Champion is still receiving breathing aid as the “neurological picture remains serious”.

Zanardi won two gold medals in handbike racing, firstly at London in 2012 and then Rio in 2016.

He was set to take part in the 2021 Olympics.

Zanardi lost both his legs in 2001 after a violent CART accident, but he remarkably went on to become a World Touring Car Championship race winner driving an adapted BMWs with a combination of hand controls and his prosthetic legs.

He has also appeared in DTM and Daytona 24 Hours.

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