Early last week news on Michael Schumacher’s condition appeared positive as it was reported that the Formula 1 legend was taken off a respirator, but it turns out that the situation is very bleak as his chances of recovery are very slim.
Official news is restricted but those close to the family and the story reveal that the diagnosis continues to be negative.
A senior German journalist following the case said, “He is in terrible shape but until the family issue a statement we cannot write about it. The family have, we are told, been informed that only a miracle can bring him back now.”
Doctors treating Schumacher at Grenoble University Hospital were hoping for signs of recovery such as eye lids fluttering, finger movement or any sign that he was aware of his environment.
“This has not happened,” a source close to the family told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
And added, “On Sunday his wife Corinna spent her 45th birthday at his bedside with their children Gina Marie and Mick, his brother Ralf and his father Rolf Schumacher.”
“They talked and talked and prayed for him to acknowledge their presence. But he remains comatose with tubes feeding him, supplying him with air, giving him medicine and removing waste from his body.”
“The doctors have given it to them straight. There is little hope left that he will come out of this. Miracles happen, of course, and as a wealthy man he has the best care money can buy. But all the money in the world cannot fix what has happened to him.”
Schumacher has been in an induced coma since 29 December, wheN he fell during a family skiing holiday and injured his head severely. (GP247)
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