Alex Zanardi transferred to a specialized neurorehabilitation center after an accident

Zanardi, 53, who had both legs amputated almost 20 years ago after a car accident, lost control of his handbike during a relay race in Tuscany, Italy.

Pope Francis writes a letter of support to Alex Zanardi after a terrible accident

Zanardi was subsequently airlifted to the Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital in Siena, where he underwent a three-hour emergency neurological operation and was put into an induced coma.

Hospital issued a statement on Tuesday, confirming that Zanardi was transferred after his sedation ran out.

“The stability of the general clinical condition and the neurological picture made it possible to transfer … to a specialized center for recovery and functional rehabilitation,” the report says.

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“Today, a new journey begins for Alex Zanardi,” added the general director of the hospital, Valtere Giovannini.

The Italian is an incredibly popular figure. He trained for the Tokyo Paralympics this year, hoping to add to his impressive gold medal roster.

Among the many messages of support, Pope Francis wrote him a letter while he continued to recover in the hospital. He praised Zanardi for living life to the fullest and giving “a lesson in humanity”.