Schumacher still critical and could remain comatose forever

17 January, 2014

Flags in tribute of Michael Schumacher outside the Grenoble University Hospital Centre

Flags in tribute to Michael Schumacher outside the Grenoble University Hospital Centre

Michael Schumacher could remain in a coma “forever” according to reports in Germany, as the seven time F1 World Champion lies in intensive care after his skiing accident on 29 December.

After seeking opinions from expert doctors, Focus magazine reports, “Schumacher could be in a coma forever.”

Schumacher, 44, remains critically ill and there are no plans to awake him from his induced coma, which has led to specualtion that he could remain incapacitated for the rest of his life.

Professor Andreas Zieger of the University Clinic for neurosurgery in Oldenburg said, “We should not speculate here. Ultimately, we are talking about life and death. A coma can in theory be maintained for a lifetime. It won’t hurt the human brain.”

“Brain injuries are among the most complicated injuries that can happen to the human body. Predictions about how long a person might be in a coma or potential complications are seldom reliable,” added Professor Zieger.

German media report that risk of brain haemorrhage remains high and which is why Schumacher is still classified as critically ill.

The Formula 1 legend’s shocking accident has prompted professional racing teams to ban their drivers from partaking in skiing, motocross and motorbike riding.

Red Bull have reportedly prohibited Daniel Ricciardo from surfing at his home town in Perth. (GP247)

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  • Abarth

    This is just experts explaining the worst case scenario. Unless it comes from the staff treating Schumacher themselves, there should be no immeadiate panic.

  • Tamburello_1994

    Sounds like the teams would rather encase their drivers in bubble wrap for the rest of the off season if they could get away with it. That’s too bad, Kinda puts a damper on the vacation – but under the circumstances completely understandable.

    As for the report, Sober assessment indeed, But I rather lend credence to someone who has actually examined Michael or at the least viewed the latest brain scans. As the good professor says;

    “We should not speculate here.”

  • haha

    I know one that does motorcross, snowmobile and skiing. Kimi!

  • haha

    I sincerely hope for Michael and his family that it won’t be the same as Friso from Holland.

  • Reality is

    Yet that professor is doing nothing but speculating in the other direction. Face it Schumacher may not survive and if he does the chances of him being anything more than a severely handicapped person the rest of his life is remote at best.

    Maybe it is time to listen to the doctors who actually work in the field of traumatic brain injury instead of listening to the doctors who are friends of Schumacher and do not specialize in the field of traumatic brain injury.

    I am the first to admit that I am not a Schumacher fan, but I do not wish harm to him but on the other hand the people who deal with these kinds of injuries have most valid opinion when commenting on his condition.

    The Schumacher family does not have a problem living in the lime light when he was healthy, so they can’t expect to shut everyone down because he has suffered life threatening and life altering injuries in an attempt to protect him and his image. He and his family chose to live a public life and with that they have to accept the bad with the good.

    The fact is the longer Schumacher remains in a coma the less his chances are for a successful recovery. To many have clung to the word stable and have discarded the word critical. The fact is Michael Schumacher has suffered a critical traumatic brain injury and he has now entered into the time frame that has shown chances of recovery are remote and likely to end in his death or him being an invalid for the remainder of his life.

    I know I will get attacked for saying this but the facts are what they are.

  • F1 Fan For A Long Time

    @Reality is:

    The only issue I have with your post is regarding the Schumacher family having “no problem living in the spotlight”. That is utter nonsense. Michael has always been a fiercely private family man, often disappearing to his Texas ranch (where he is a relative unknown).
    Can you even picture the faces of his children?

    Sad to say that it doesn’t look well at all for Michael. So very sad to lose both Senna and Schumacher. Both such a huge part of my Formula 1 years.

  • Hawk

    There is always that threshold where Man stops even with all his resources and God starts

  • Dale409

    @Hawk

    Always assuming there is such a thing as God.

  • TylerC

    @Dale409
    Let’s just not call into question the beliefs of others or their validity for yours are just as credible as any other, but rather just hope Michael can make it

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