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‘I wish to thank everyone who supported me at the hospital and who will support me now’ says car racer with motor neurone disease
Former Formula One champion Ayrton Senna’s former rival and Brazilian car racer Alex Zanardi has been transferred to a specialist neuro-rehabilitation center in northern Italy.
Zanardi, who has motor neurone disease, was treated at a hospital in the northern city of Turin for more than six months. The 56-year-old, who has Down’s syndrome, was discharged on Friday, but was immediately admitted to an intensive care unit due to an unexplained inflammation.
The Swiss-born driver, who started his racing career in motor sport at the age of 14, now lives in Rome.
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While being treated at the hospital he was involved in an accident. He also suffered two strokes, which left him paralysed for a time and at one point blind.
“Over the past month, and despite very heavy hospital treatment, I have made progress thanks to medical intervention,” Zanardi said in a statement published by Ferrari on Sunday.
“But as I put it myself … in spite of the fact that I am well off from the dangerous activity, I can’t help but be worried by the situation of another patient in the hospital.
“So I am relieved to be able to have my treatment more swiftly in the clinic. But I am even more reassured and feel a little more comfortable to be able to spend more time with my family.”
Zanardi’s statement said that he wished to thank everyone who supported him at the hospital and who will support him now.