Michael Schumacher, FORMULA One champion, suffered serious head injuries after falling while skiing in the French Alps, by hitting the right side of his head on a rock. Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain but the healing process has meant the Michael has remained in an induced coma. At present condition has stabilized and last month doctors began reducing sedatives.
Dr. Tipu Aziz, professor of neurosurgery at Oxford University who is not connected to Schumacher’s care said, “The fact that he hasn’t woken up shows that the injury has been extremely severe and that a full recovery is not likely to be happen.”
Other experts said,” About 90% of the recovery is made within nine to 12 months, so this is still early days. The longer someone is in a coma, the worse their recovery tends to be”.
Dr. Colin Shieff, a neurosurgeon at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London and a trustee for Headway, a British brain injury charity said, “MRI scans can show any secondary deterioration in the brain structure. If Schumacher does eventually come out of the coma, he probably would face significant disabilities because of the length of time he has already spent comatose. While there have been rare instances of people emerging from comas months and years later with the ability to communicate, Shieff was doubtful that would be the case with Schumacher”.