Zanardi, stable but very serious

Alex Zanardi

continues fighting for his life at the Santa María alle Scotte Polyclinic Hospital
(Siena, Tuscany). After suffer a serious accident in which a truck was involved this Friday while contesting a stage of the Tricolor Obiettivo, a sports event organized to symbolize the return to normality after the pandemic of coronavirus for paralympic athletes, he underwent an emergency neurosurgery intervention for about three hours and after the operation the hospital reported that his condition was extremely serious.

The Italian media targeted this Saturday morning that the 53-year-old Italian spent the night in a stable way in the Intensive Care Unit of the mentioned hospital center, although still in “very serious” conditions after the operation.

At about 10 h (Spanish time) this Saturday, the Le Scotte Polyclinic is scheduled to give a new medical part in which the status of the pilot is updated.

Apparently, Zanardi and a group of about 30 paralympic athletes were walking the provincial highway 146 of Val D’Orcia when the Italian’s handbike surprisingly changed trajectory, invading the opposite lane and ending hitting the trailer of a truck that was traveling in the opposite direction to that of Italian.

The Italian former pilot of Formula One is an icon of improvement in Italy and in the world of motorsports since 2001 he suffered a serious accident in a race of the CART in Germany where both legs were amputated. Since then he has always stood out for his spirit of improvement, his fight and his positivism. He won four Paralympic handbike medals, in addition to continuing to compete as a professional rider with an adapted wheel.

On September 21, he was even able to break his own Ironman Paralympic world record, finishing eighth overall with a time of 8 hours, 25 minutes and 30 seconds in the Ironman Italia Emilia-Romagna.