Alex Zanardi has been transferred to another medical facility after coming out of his medically-induced coma, the Siena University Hospital announced on Tuesday.
At the hospital since he suffered severe head and facial injuries in a hand-cycling accident on June 19, Zanardi had been placed under sedation in order to aid his recovery.
Having reduced the sedation over the course of the past few days, the decision has now been taken to move the ex-Formula 1 driver and two-time CART champion to a “specialized recovery and functional rehabilitation center” for further treatment.
“Our professionals remain at the disposal of this extraordinary person and his family for the further stages of clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic development, as always happens in these cases,” said the hospital’s general manager, Valtere Giovannini.
“I sincerely thank the multidisciplinary team that took care of Zanardi putting in place a great professionalism, recognized nationally and beyond.
“The athlete spent over a month in our hospital: he underwent three delicate surgeries and showed a path of stability of his clinical conditions and vital parameters that allowed the reduction and suspension of sedation, and the consequent possibility of to be transferred to a facility for the necessary neuro-rehabilitation.”