Neurological experts have expressed concern that the longer Michael Schumacher is kept in an artificial coma, the more chance his condition has of deteriorating and the greater the possibility of him never recovering from his injuries.
His lungs, immune system and kidneys could all sustain lasting harm the longer he receives the anaesthetics to keep him sedated. The Formula 1 legend has been in an induced coma in Grenoble Hospital for over three weeks, where doctors are considering waking Schumacher as the risk of complications grow should he be kept comatose much longer.
Jean-Marc Orgogozo, Prof of Neurology at Bordeaux University, said: “Every day, every week in a coma the chances decline that the situation is improving.”
A report in Austria claims that “the chances of recovery [by Schumacher] from Apallic Syndrome are far below 50 per cent.”
Appallic Syndrome the name given to a persisitent vegetative state, a deep coma caused by serious cerebral injury, which in turns deprives the brain of oxygen.
Corinna Schumacher said in a statement today, “We all know: he is a fighter and will not give up! We are deeply moved that there is no let up in the good wishes for Michael from around the world. That gives us strength. Thank you all of you!”
In a heartfelt message on the Ferrari website, Schumacher’s protege and former teammate Felipe Massa wrote: “My good friend, you have helped so much in my career, and I pray for you every day. When I drove a kart your name was on my helmet and now I want to see you more than ever before – as always. I embrace you! I pray for you, my brother.”
Schumacher has been in an induced coma in the Grenoble Hospital, since he fell and banged his head while skiing on 29 December. (GP247)
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