The wife of Alex Zanardi says her husband faces a long road to recovery after suffering serious head injuries in a handbike crash last June.
The former F1 driver was participating in the Obiettivo Tricolore handbike event last year, but was involved in a collision with a truck. Zanardi's wife, Daniela, provided an update on her husband's condition, stating his condition his stable.
“One year after the accident, Alex’s condition is essentially stable,” Daniela said in an interview with BMW, for whom Alex is an ambassador. “He is currently in a special clinic, where he is undergoing a rehabilitation programme.
"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 been characterised by a number of setbacks. Alex is in a stable condition, which means he is able to undergo training programmes 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 is training intensively on the equipment.”
As for when Alex may be able to return home, Daniela said that remains unclear at this time.
“It is certainly another huge challenge,” Daniela added. “It is a very long journey and at the moment no predictions are made on when he will be able to return home.
“We put all our energy in Alex’s recovery. Therefore we decided to use this interview as a unique opportunity to inform the public on his recovery status and answer some frequently asked questions.
"We appreciate everyone’s understanding that we will leave it at that for the moment.”