Zanardi undergoes ‘necessary’ second neurological surgery

Alex Zanardi underwent a second neurological intervention deemed “necessary” by his Siena University Hospital doctors.

The surgery was conducted 10 days after Zanardi suffered a head-on crash with a truck on an open-road during a hand bike event in Italy.

The Italian racer, who lost both his legs in a horrendous accident in CART in 2001, was placed in a medically induced coma by his neurosurgeons after an initial operation performed upon his admission to the clinic’s intensive care unit.

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On Monday, the Siena University Hospital issued a bulletin in which it confirmed that Zanardi had undergone a second surgery following the results of a CT scan.

“As part of the diagnostic and therapeutic evaluations carried out by the team which is treating the athlete, a CT scan was performed,” read a statement from the hospital.

“This diagnostic examination showed an evolution of the patient’s state which made it necessary to resort to a second neurosurgery.

“After the operation, which lasted about two and a half hours, Alex Zanardi was again hospitalised in the intensive care unit where he remains sedated and intubated.

“The intervention carried out represents a step that had been hypothesised by the team,” said the University’s health director, Roberto Gusinu.

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“Our professionals will evaluate the evolution of the situation day by day.”

In accordance with Zanardi’s family, the next health bulletin will be issued in about 24 hours.

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