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2014-03-10 15:00

Tony Paterson

BLEAK PROGNOSIS: Some experts believe that should Michael Schumacher be revived from his medically induced coma he not be able to return to a normal, active lifestyle. Image: AFP

In March 2013, Wheels24 reported that injured Formula 1 veteran Michael Schumacher is in a “wake-up phase” as doctors are still attempting to revive him.

On Monday (March 10) medical experts have allegedly told his family that "only a miracle" can save him, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The seven-time F1 champion suffered serious brain injuries after hitting his head on a rock during a skiing incident in the French Alpine ski resort of Meribel in December 2013. He is being treated at a French hospital in Grenoble, where he remains in artificially induced comafor 69 days.


In a statement released on March 7, Schumacher's management spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said there had been no change: "Michael is still in a wake up phase, the situation has not altered."

According to the Daily Telegraph, sources close to his family say that the driver's prognosis is bleak.

A senior German journalist wrote that “only a miracle” can bring him back now while another source reported that “there is little hope that he will come out of this," reports the Daily Telegraph.

Doctors report that that the greatest risk the driver faces in a coma is an inability to swallow properly and the possibility of contracting pneumonia as a result of Schumacher’s lungs being filled with fluid.

Sadly, some experts believe that even if he is revivedhe may not be able to live a normal, active life.

Gary Hartstein, a former F1 doctor, said: "The majority of patients who come out of a coma alive after this amount of time suffer severe disabilities."

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