A year has passed since Alessandro Zanardi was seriously injured following a handbike accident in Italy in June 2020. It was a year in which the BMW brand ambassador once again demonstrated his fighting spirit and is committed to recover, even if the road is long. In this interview released to the German company, his wife Daniela Zanardi reports on his recovery process.
Daniela, how is Alex today?
“One year after the accident, Alex’s condition is essentially stable. He is currently hospitalized in a specialized clinic, where he is undergoing a rehabilitation program. This includes multimodal and pharmacological stimuli under the control of doctors, physiotherapists, neuropsychologists and speech therapists for try to facilitate his recovery “.
It’s been a while since the last update on Alex’s health condition. Is there a particular reason for this release?
“We have received so many messages of good wishes for his recovery, and I would like to take this opportunity to make a big thank you, from Alex, for every single message. Following the advice of the doctors, this seemed the right time to give some Learn about Alex’s recovery process with this interview. I would like to tell all the people who think and pray for Alex that he is fighting – as he always has. The affection we have received from friends, fans, acquaintances, athletes and all motorsport people over the past year has been nothing short of touching and overwhelming and has been a tremendous support to us in dealing with all of this. In particular, a special thanks goes to the medical staff. “
How can you describe Alex’s progress after the accident?
“It was a very complex process that required several neurosurgical interventions and was characterized by some setbacks. Alex is in a stable condition, which means that he is able to cope with both a neurological and physical therapy program. to communicate with us, but is not yet able to speak. After a long time in a coma, the vocal cords need to regain their elasticity. This is only possible with exercise and therapy. He still has a lot of strength in his arms and hands and trains hard with equipment “.
What do you expect for the future?
“Certainly this is a great new challenge. It is a very long journey and at the moment we do not make any predictions on when he will be able to return home. We are putting all our energy into Alex’s recovery. For this reason we have decided to use this interview as an opportunity. exclusive to inform the public about his state of health and answer some frequently asked questions. We trust that everyone can understand that for the moment we will limit ourselves to this.