SIENA – Alex Zanardi state operated again. The surgery, always in the head, was decided after a CT scan to which the sample was subjected today. The operation lasted two and a half hours and technically successful. The Paralympic champion – who had been operated on for the first time, urgently, on Friday 19 June, the day of the terrible accident that occurred during a charity relay race near Pienza, when with his handbike Zanardi had ended up against a truck that was heading towards opposite – been then again admitted to intensive careintubated and sedated. The conditions are stable but serious, the reserved prognosis.
On the day of the accident, Zanardi had arrived in the hospital with very serious skull and face fractures. The clinical condition – of facial crash, as explained by doctors – had prompted neurosurgeons to operate urgently. The pilot ever since pharmacological coma, intubated and artificially ventilated. The serious neurological picture, but at the moment it is impossible to fully evaluate the consequences of the accident. This type of assessment, explained the doctors of the Scotte di Siena hospital, where Zanardi was hospitalized, will only be possible when Zanardi wakes up from the pharmacological coma. During this week the evaluation was expected to understand the times in which to carry out the decrease in sedation.
During his career, Zanardi had been involved in several accidents: in the most serious, occurred on September 15, 2001 During a race in the US Cart championship at the Lausitzring circuit in Germany, the Bolognese champion had lost both legs.
Another line of inquiry
In a few days, the expert reports on the black boxes of some cyclists of the party will begin to establish the speed, power and trajectories followed. Another line of inquiry then tries to establish whether the security of the event had been ensured by the escorts of the city police that four municipalities had voluntarily offered. Finally, it should be noted that Obiettivo3, the relay race through Italy wanted by Zanardi to raise public awareness on the issue of sport for disabled people – by granting them free use of sports equipment – ended in Santa Maria di Leuca, awaited by many spectators. She had left Luino on 12 June, had stopped for just twenty-four hours immediately after the accident with the Bolognese driver and then, at the behest of his wife Daniela, had immediately left. The route crossed 14 regions, the baton passed between 52 athletes through 44 stages. This milestone dedicated to Alex – explained Pierino Dainese, the organizer – the enthusiasm with which people welcomed us everywhere the testimony of how much this champion is loved and of what he has given to all of us.
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