Zanardi stable, but doctors warn of possible complications

Alex Zanardi
Posted at 8:15 AM, Jun 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-21 08:15:15-04

ROME — Doctors say Italian race car champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi remains stable after a crash on his handbike. But in a new medical bulletin Sunday, they say they can’t rule out unforeseen complications.

The Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital in Siena warned that Zanardi's neurological condition remained grave and that doctors cannot “exclude the possibility of adverse events.”

Zanardi has been in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator since he crashed his handbike into a truck near the Tuscan town of Pienza during a relay race Friday.

Doctors say he suffered serious facial and cranial trauma and have warned of possible brain damage. Zanardi lost both of his legs in a race-car crash nearly 20 years ago.