Ex-F1 driver Alex Zanardi faces “very long journey” for recovery

The former IndyCar, F1 driver and several gold medal-winning Paralympians continue his rehabilitation and treatment of head and face injuries he sustained after colliding with a truck during the Obiettivo Tricolore hand bike race last June.

Zanardi underwent several surgical procedures for his head injuries and has continued his recovery at a facility closer to his home in Italy.

In an interview conducted with BMW Motorsport, Daniela Zanardi offered a rare update on the racing icon’s rehabilitation.

“He is currently in a special clinic where he is undergoing a rehabilitation program,” she said. This includes multimodal and pharmacological stimulations under the guidance of doctors, physiotherapists, neuropsychologists and speech therapists to try to facilitate his recovery.

“It has been a very complex process that has required more neurosurgery and has been marked by a number of setbacks. Alex is in a stable condition, which means he is able to undergo training programs for both his brain and his body. He can communicate with us, but he is still unable to speak.

“After a long time in a coma, the vocal cords must regain their elasticity. This is only possible through practice and therapy. He still has a lot of strength in his arms and hands and trains intensely on the equipment. ”

When asked about her expectations for the future, she replied: “It is definitely another big challenge. It is a very long journey and at the moment no one is predicting when he will be able to return home. ”

Zanardi also thanked well-wishers for their overwhelming support messages over the past 12 months.

“We have received so many best wishes for his recovery and I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you on behalf of Alex for every single message,” she added.

“After consultations with the doctors, it now seems like an appropriate time to give this little insight into Alex’s healing process with this interview. I want to tell all the people who think and pray for Alex that he is fighting – as he always has.

The love we have received from friends, fans, acquaintances, athletes and those involved in motorsport over the last year has been nothing short of touching and overwhelming and has been a huge support for us in dealing with All this. A very special thank you, however, goes to the medical staff. ”

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