Former Formula One driver and twice Champ Car champion Alex Zanardi was in intensive care on Friday after surgical procedure for extreme head accidents suffered in a street accident whereas racing his handbike in Italy.
Siena’s Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital mentioned in a press release that the 53-year-old Italian, who misplaced each legs and practically his life in a 2001 Champ Car crash in Germany, was in a crucial situation.
It mentioned the “neurosurgical and maxillo-facial intervention” started shortly after 7 pm native time (1700GMT) and ended shortly earlier than 10 pm.
“The affected person was then transferred to the intensive care unit with a reserved prognosis.”
The Italian information company ANSA reported sources saying the accident concerned a truck on a state freeway close to the city of Pienza to the south-east of Siena.
The hospital mentioned the four-times Paralympic street biking gold medallist was flown to Siena by air ambulance and arrived at round 6pm native time (1600 GMT).
Sky Italia tv reported that Zanardi had been competing within the ‘Obiettivo Tricolore’ street race for Italian paralympic athletes.
According to the supervisor of the nationwide paralympic biking group, Zanardi was acutely aware when assist arrived, it added.
Zanardi is an inspirational determine within the worlds of motorsport and paralympic endeavour, a vastly well-liked and optimistic competitor who returned from life-changing accidents with a smile.
He had each legs amputated above the knee, together with his coronary heart stopping seven instances as he misplaced all however a litre of the blood in his physique, after the horrific crash on the Lausitzring in Germany on Sept. 15, 2001.
“You have by no means given up and along with your extraordinary fortitude you have got overcome a thousand difficulties,” mentioned Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte on Twitter.
“Come on Alex Zanardi, don’t surrender. All of Italy is preventing with you.”
American motor racing nice Mario Andretti additionally expressed his concern.
“I’m so anxious and frightened about Alex Zanardi that I’m holding my breath. I’m his fan. I’m his good friend. Please do what I’m doing and pray for this glorious man,” he mentioned on Twitter.
Current IndyCar driver Graham Rahal hailed Zanardi as “actually one of many best inspirations and hardest males I’ve ever met.”
Jean Todt, president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) mentioned: “Alex, all of the @FIA neighborhood is supporting you on this merciless second. Our prayers are with you. You have all the time been a fighter and also you all the time will likely be.”
Zanardi received his titles within the U.S.-based Champ Car collection, now IndyCar, in 1997 and 1998. He competed in 41 Formula One grands prix, principally for Lotus, between 1991 and 1999 together with his ultimate season at Williams.
“Alex is considered one of life’s actually inspirational individuals and as everyone knows, a fighter by means of and thru,” mentioned the Williams group. “Stay robust and Forza Alex.”