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Alex Zanardi transferred to rehab center after handbike crash

SIENA, Italy — Alex Zanardi, the Italian automobile racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist, was transferred to a neurological rehabilitation heart Tuesday, a thirty day period immediately after receiving critically hurt in a handbike crash.

The Siena clinic that experienced been treating Zanardi since the June 19 crash introduced that the athlete experienced been unveiled but, in accordance with Zanatrdi’s family, did not say exactly where he was taken.

Zanardi underwent three fragile surgeries at the Siena clinic to stabilize him and reconstruct his severely broken experience, immediately after he crashed into an oncoming truck in the vicinity of the Tuscan town of Pienza in the course of a relay celebration.

“His scientific issue and crucial signals have shown he’s on the road towards balance, which permitted for the reduction and suspension of the sedative, and thus the probability to be transferred to a facility exactly where he can get the vital neuro-rehabilitation,” mentioned Valtere Giovannini, director of the Santa Maria alle Scotte Hospital.

He “has shown extraordinary toughness, which is a important present that he’ll will need on the new challenge starting currently,” Giovannini included.

Zanardi, 53, who misplaced the two of his legs in an automobile racing crash virtually 20 years in the past, experienced been on a ventilator in a medically induced coma since the handbike crash.

The clinic would not say if Zanardi was awake or not.

Zanardi endured really serious facial and cranial trauma, and medical practitioners have warned of attainable mind hurt.

Zanardi won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York Metropolis Marathon and established an Ironman history in his course.

Very last thirty day period, Pope Francis penned a handwritten letter of encouragement assuring Zanardi and his family of his prayers. The pope praised Zanardi as an case in point of toughness amid adversity.


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