Schumacher condition deteriorating the longer he is kept in a coma say experts

22 January, 2014

A fan outside Grenoble Hospital earlier this month

A fan outside Grenoble Hospital earlier this month

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.”

Felipe Massa with Michael Schumacher

Felipe Massa with Michael Schumacher

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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  • sarahsdadjeff

    Felipe is a good friend. Long live Michael Schumacher. Best wishes my friend.

  • Hawk

    Now it’s getting really sad

  • Not Good

    Everyone new it was not good yet Schumacher’s management team kept reporting half truths instead of reporting the full truth.

    They kept saying he was stable but that was only a half truth. The full truth is he is critical and had stabilized at the critical level.

    Shame on Schumacher’s management team for spreading false information.

  • Spartacus

    Don’t bury him just yet.

    Let’s have hope for Schumacher.

  • sarahsdadjeff

    My personal friend Michael is a fighter. And he will win yet this bout. Long live Michael Schumacher.

  • Liam

    @Not Good

    His management team owe you nothing – Not the full truth, not even the half truth.
    Let them be, they are having a hard enough time without over entitled fans “shaming” them.

  • Get a life Liam

    Yes the Schumacher management team does owe everyone the truth. If they did not want to say anything they should have never made any press statements. Instead they lied to the press and the public about his condition.

    The reality is Schumacher has about a 30% chance of survival and only about a 5% change of a complete recovery. Every day forward from today his chances decline. His injuries are far worse than his management team has reported.

  • james

    Pull him out I would think that he would rather be alive 1 hr. than brain dead forever

  • alberto

    Enough with speculations please. I wonder why all of a sudden everyone is an expert. The Schumacher’s family already expressed their wish to stop speculating about chances of this and that, so the minimum everyone can do is to respect that wish. All the very best to Michael, my heartful prayers are all for you. See your big smile soon brother!

  • RBC

    @Not Good / Get A Life Liam, You are a scumbag. You have no idea of the real situation. You act like you know everything. You are the one who is lying, on this website. Go away you liar.

  • Tamburello_1994

    Maybe you can explain why you feel you’re special and are owed any explanation, and who said anything about catering to your satisfaction? Just because someone puts out a press statement doesn’t guarantee anybody anything – where do you get that from?

    You sound like a spoiled child crying about “half truths”. I can seriously imagine you stomping your little feet as you type.

  • A lot of you need to get a life

    LOL, a lot of you sure do need to get a life. When Schumacher’s people made the decision to have press briefings they have the duty to be truthful in any and all statements.

    The only thing they have done is fuel speculation. It is time for the Schumacher fanbois to take off their blinders and face the reality that the final outcome of this is not going to be good.

    Tamburello, who are you to contradict the opinions of experts in the field of traumatic brain injury? They know what happens when people are in a coma for certain length of time.

    The reports coming out of the Schumacher camp have been misleading. When it was reported that Schumacher was critical but had stabilized his camp took the word stable and ran with it completely ignoring the doctors stating that he was still in critical condition. The sooner you fanbois accept the fact Schumacher has suffered a critical traumatic brain injury the sooner you will accept the fact that chances are he may not survive and if he does he will be severely handicapped and be nothing more than a shell of his former self.

    James you understand the situation. Clearly the longer he is kept in the coma the worse off he becomes. A person who falls into a coma on their own with out medications is not the same as doctors keeping someone in a coma so the two can not be compared. While Schumacher fell into the coma on his own on the way to the first hospital the doctors made a choice to keep him the coma.

    If there were signs of improvement you can bet that it would have been reported. The truth is Schumacher remains in critical condition no matter how his camp tries to spin things.

  • Tamburello_1994

    Now I know you’re trolling because I didn’t contradict anything.

    Reading the rest of your diatribe would be a complete waste of time.

  • Haters gonna hate

    @ Not good, get a life,ect ect.
    You sir are a complete a$$hole. Complete. The Schumacher family owes no one anything. The fact that they and their doctors
    take time out from their grief and duties to tell us anything is a plus.
    The posters here,( with one glaring exception) all seem to accept the reality of the situation. The posts here are about hope.
    I personally have hope. I hope you get hit by a truck.

  • Boo Hoo

    What a bunch of cry babies.

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