Improving Zanardi transferred to hospital 'closer to home'


Milan's San Raffaele hospital indicated on Saturday that Alex Zanardi's improved health has allowed the F1 driver to be transferred to a medical institution in Padua, closer to the driver's home.

Up until today, there had been little news in the past couple of months about the condition of the 54-year-old Paralympian who suffered a devastating crash with an oncoming truck during a hand-bike race in Tuscany in June.

Zanardi was initially placed in a medically induced coma at Siena's Santa Maria alle Scotta hospital where the Italian was admitted with severe head and facial injuries.

The two-time CART champion subsequently underwent three separate neurological and carnio-facial reconstruction surgeries.

But according to a statement from San Raffaele hospital, Zanardi has "reached a physical and neurological condition of general stability which has allowed the transfer to another hospital facility and the consequent approach to the family home.

"In the last two months, he has also been able to undertake a path of physical and cognitive rehabilitation," the hospital added.

Zanardi, who raced for Jordan, Minardi, Lotus and Williams in F1, lost both his lower legs in a horrendous crash in a VCART race at the Lausitzring in Germany.

But the bold and brave racer enjoyed a remarkable comeback in motorsport in touring and GT cars with BMW while also competing with an equally outstanding success in Paralympic sports.

Zanardi won multiple gold medals at the Paralympic games in London in 2012 and in Rio in 2014.

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