Italian auto racing champion turned Paralympic gold medallist Alex Zanardi underwent a second mind surgical procedure on Monday, 10 days after an emergency operation following a crash on his handbike.
The newest surgical procedure lasted 2 1/2 hours, after which Zanardi was returned to the intensive care unit in a medically induced coma, the Santa Maria alle Scotte Hospital in Siena mentioned in a medical bulletin.
“His situation stays steady from a cardio-respiratory and metabolic viewpoint, grave from a neurological viewpoint,” the hospital mentioned.
The 53-year-old Zanardi, who misplaced each of his legs in an auto racing crash almost 20 years in the past, has been on a ventilator since he crashed his handbike into an oncoming truck close to the Tuscan city of Pienza on June 19 throughout a relay occasion.
Zanardi suffered severe facial and cranial trauma, and docs have warned of potential mind harm.
Zanardi received 4 gold medals and two silvers on the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He additionally competed within the New York Metropolis Marathon and set an Ironman report in his class.
Final week, Pope Francis penned a handwritten letter of encouragement assuring Zanardi and his household of his prayers. The pope praised Zanardi for instance of energy amid adversity.