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'Early mistakes' could cost Schumi

2014-04-17 08:32

SCHUMI IN RECOVERY: Michael Schumacher remains in a medically induced coma since December 2013. Image: AP/Shizuo Kambayashi

SHANGHAI, China - A German magazine claims mistakes during the initial treatment of Michael Schumacher's head injuries may have affected his hopes of recovery.

Germany's Stern magazine said that paramedics may have misdiagnosed the seriousness of his injuries since the injured former F1 driver was conscious.

'MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH'

A senior emergency doctor was quoted by Stern as saying a "confused" patient who nonetheless has "his eyes open" and is "speaking and moving", can initially be diagnosed as having a less severe trauma.

In a small group of patients, the situation can "deteriorate rapidly", Stern added.

Stern reported: "Had the rescuers arrived at the scene minutes later, they may have recognised the matter of life and death."

In reality, Schumacher was initially flown by helicopter not to the specialist Grenoble hospital, but a smaller facility in Moutiers.

Schumacher was initially intubated but had already lapsed into deep coma. He was flown a further 20 minutes to Grenoble, where upon arrival a local journalist observed that the helicopter paramedics were "noticeably excited".

Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm would not comment but Stern suggests that the injured F1 veteran's chances of recovery  might have been "dramatically" improved had he been ventilated and operated on sooner.

Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma  in Grenoble, France, since being badly injured in a ski accident on December 2013  in the French resort of Meribel with his son and friends.

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