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Hospital issues fresh update on ‘stable’ Zanardi’s condition

Jun 21 2020
By Edd Straw
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Alex Zanardi remains in a serious condition after neurosurgery after suffering head injuries in a handbike crash on Friday, according to the latest update on his condition issued on Sunday morning.

The double CART champion and multiple Paralympic gold medalist was admitted to the Santa Maria alle Scotte Hospital in Siena with what was described as “major facial cranial trauma, a smashed face, and a deeply fractured frontal bone (forehead)”.

He underwent surgery for three hours on Friday night, with doctors warning that it could be some days before the potential neurological and ocular damage could be assessed definitively.

He remains in intensive care and continues to be in a stable but serious condition, as he was yesterday.

“The patient spent the night in conditions of cardio-respiratory and metabolic stability,” said the latest statement.

“Organ functions are adequate. He remains sedated, intubated and mechanically ventilated.

“The ongoing neuromonitoring has shown some stability but this data must be taken with caution because the neurological picture remains serious.

“The current condition of general stability does not allow us to exclude the possibility of adverse events and, therefore, the patient continues to have a reserved prognosis.”

The next update on his condition is due to be released at 11am BST on Monday.

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