Zanardi undergoes neurosurgery for a second time

Ex-F1 driver Zanardi undergoes second round of neurological surgery

Ex-F1 driver Zanardi undergoes second round of neurological surgery

The surgery lasted two-and-a-half hours, after which Zanardi returned to the hospital's intensive care unit where he remains in a coma.

Alex Zanardi has undergone a second neurosurgery and remains in a serious condition in Siena Hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

"His condition remains stable from the cardio-respiratory and metabolic point of view, serious from the neurological point of view", said the statement.

Health director of the Aou Senese, Roberto Gusinu, added: "The intervention represents a step that had been hypothesized by the team".

"Our professionals will evaluate day by day the evolution of the situation".

In accordance with Zanardi's family, the next health bulletin will be issued in about 24 hours.

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The 53-year-old Italian is an inspirational figure in the worlds of motorsport and Paralympic endeavour, a hugely popular and positive competitor who returned from life-changing injuries with a smile.

The two-time CART champion and four-time Paralympic gold medalist veered wide on a descent during a hand cycling road race on June 19 and strayed into the path of oncoming traffic, colliding with a heavy vehicle.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the Ferrari F1 racing team would carry the message "Forza Alex" on their cars during the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.

Zanardi, a former Formula One driver who had both his legs amputated after a motor racing accident two decades ago, suffered serious head injuries when he lost control of his handbike during a race on a Tuscan road almost two weeks ago and crashed into an oncoming truck.

Since losing his legs in 2001, Zanardi has become a successful Paralympian, winning four gold medals and two silver medals.

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