Pope Francisco He wrote a personal note to a star of the Paralympic Games who is fighting for his life after a horrible accident … saying in the letter: “I am close to you and I pray for you and your family.”
The 83-year-old man wrote the comments to Alex Zanardi – A former Formula 1 driver turned incredible Paralympic who tragically hit his hand bike against a truck in Italy last week.
The scene was terrifying … Zanardi, who had both legs amputated after a running accident in 2001, reportedly suffered massive head trauma in the crash.
According to hospital officials, Zanardi is recovering in … the 53-year-old man is in stable condition, but is at risk of possible brain damage.
The hospital adds that he has been intubated and is on a ventilator.
Enter the Pope … who after learning of the accident, approached with an emotional letter encouraging Zanardi’s recovery.
“Dear Alessandro, your story is an example of how to start again after an unexpected stop,” wrote the Pope. “Through sports, you have taught us to live life as protagonists, teaching a lesson in humanity through disability.”
“Thank you for giving strength to those who have lost it. In this painful moment, I am close to you and I pray for you and your family.”
The Pope signed the letter, “Fraternally, Francis.”
Zanardi, a four-time gold medalist at the Paralympic Games who has supported the pope for years with multiple charitable donations, is expected to remain in a medically induced coma for at least another week.