Zanardi speaks again after 5 brain operations (Update)

Former CART and F1 driver Alex Zanardi has resumed talking after his terrible accident last June 19th .  The great news came from Federica Alemanno , neuroscientist at the San Raffaele in Milan, who spoke to the Corriere della Sera.

Zanardi underwent the so-called “awake surgery”, literally “awake surgery”. What it consists of, Federica Alemanno, a 36-year-old specialized in this type of treatment, explained directly: ” It is a very special technique that is done in very few centers in Italy and aims to guarantee the patient the best possible quality of life afterwards. It is used in special cases, especially in young patients, between 30 and 50 years old, with two types of disease: the so-called low-grade gliomas and cavernomas. The first are brain tumors that are not particularly aggressive, but which, with their presence in certain areas, can compromise some important brain activities, such as memory, speech and attention. Same goes for the cavernomas. They are quite rare diseases “.

December 21, 2020 

Former Formula One and Indy racing star Alex Zanardi has taken significant steps in his recovery from a devastating handbike crash in June this year, Italian newspapers have reported.

Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera today wrote that Zanardi, 54, had recovered his hearing and sight, and was able to respond with hand movements to questions from doctors and his wife, Daniela.

Doctors have confirmed Zanardi was able to shake hands on demand and raise his thumb to signal “Ok”, and also turn his head towards Daniela.

Italian newspaper Corriere today wrote that the dual Indy champion cannot yet speak as the hole in his trachea is being kept open as a precaution.