Pope Francis has written a heartfelt letter to Alex Zanardi, paying tribute to the previous Formula One driver and Paralympic champion who’s in a medically-induced coma after struggling a extreme head damage in a crash throughout a hand-bike race.
Zanardi’s situation stays ‘stationary’ in accordance with the newest assertion from the the Santa Maria alle Scotte Hospital in Siena the place he has been handled since Friday’s terrible incident in Tuscany. ‘The affected person is at all times sedated, intubated and mechanically ventilated and the prognosis stays confidential,’ it learn.
Zanardi, 53, had each legs amputated following a horrific Indycar crash almost 20 years in the past however had battled again to win 4 gold medals and two silvers on the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics, compete within the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman file in his class. He additionally designed his personal prosthetics and discovered to stroll once more throughout his restoration.
Alex Zanardi’s son posted this image of him holding his stricken father’s hand in hospital
Niccolo Zanardi (left) is pictured together with his father, Alex, the previous Formula One driver
Alex Zanardi has been in a coma since Friday following a horrible hand-bike crash in Italy, and Niccolo posted the above message: ‘Be sturdy Dad, I’ll look forward to you, come again quickly’
Zanardi’s son, Niccolo, has posted an image on Instagram of him holding onto his father’s hand, with the caption: ‘I’m not letting go of this hand. Come on dad, even at present a small step ahead.’
La Gazzetta dello Sport printed Pope Francis’s hand-written letter, wherein he mentioned: ‘Your story is an instance of how one can begin once more after a sudden halt. Through sport you’ve got demonstrated how one can dwell life as protagonists, making incapacity a lesson in humanity.
‘Thank you for giving power to those that had misplaced it. In this painful second I’m near you, I pray for you and your loved ones. May the Lord bless you and Our Lady maintain you.’
Pope Francis has written to Zanardi, hailing his earlier inspirational restoration from tragedy
Friday’s accident got here when the Italian misplaced management of his hand-bike throughout a nationwide race for Paralympic athletes within the Italian city of Pienza.
Zanardi veered into oncoming visitors earlier than being hit by a big truck which smashed his face. He suffered facial and cranial trauma, docs mentioned.
‘Zanardi spent the night time in situations of cardio-respiratory and metabolic stability. Organ capabilities are enough,’ the hospital introduced in an announcement on Sunday.
‘The ongoing neuromonitoring has proven some stability however this knowledge should be taken with warning as a result of the neurological image stays critical,’ the assertion concluded.
‘The present situations of normal stability nonetheless don’t permit to exclude the opportunity of adversarial occasions and, subsequently, the affected person stays in a reserved prognosis.’
Zanardi misplaced each of his legs in a horrific race-car crash almost 20 years in the past (pictured)
Zanardi was racing in Germany in a CART occasion in 2001 when each of his legs have been severed in a accident the weekend after the September 11 terrorist assaults
During his restoration, Zanardi designed his personal prosthetics and discovered to stroll once more
Prosecutors in Siena have opened a legal investigation into the accident and the race’s organisation – particularly whether or not sufficient security precautions have been taken.
About 10 riders have been escorted by one police automobile, native stories mentioned.
Witnesses have mentioned that the accident occurred on a downhill part simply earlier than a curve within the street.
Zanardi apparently misplaced management and veered into the oncoming lane. The truck apparently tried to swerve out of the best way however could not keep away from the crash.
The truck driver, who was positioned beneath investigation, examined detrimental for alcohol and medicines.
‘The truck did not make a mistake. Alex made the error,’ mentioned nationwide crew coach Mario Valentini, who was following the race.
Friday’s accident got here when the Italian misplaced management of his hand-bike throughout a nationwide race for Paralympic athletes within the Italian city of Pienza
Zanardi stays in a critical however secure situation after struggling head and facial trauma
The race was a part of a two-week relay occasion all through Italy to advertise the nation’s revival after the coronavirus pandemic.
It was created by an affiliation led by Zanardi with an intention of bringing extra Italians to the Paralympics.
Zanardi raced for Jordan, Minardi and Lotus in F1 between 1991-94 earlier than successful two championships in CART within the United States, after which making a short return to Formula One with Williams.
He returned to America and was racing in Germany in a CART occasion in 2001 when each of his legs have been severed within the horrific accident the weekend after the September 11 terrorist assaults.
The 1978 F1 world champion Mario Andretti tweeted: ‘I’m so frightened about Alex I’m holding my breath.’
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tweeted: ‘You have by no means given up and along with your extraordinary fortitude you’ve got overcome a thousand difficulties.
‘Come on Alex Zanardi, do not quit. All of Italy is combating with you.’
The Williams F1 crew mentioned: ‘Alex is considered one of life’s really inspirational individuals and as everyone knows, a fighter by means of and thru.’