by Akan Ido
There are reports that Michael Schumacher who suffered a life threatening fall while skiing is currently being awakened from artificial coma.
The former Formular One champion is responding ‘positively’ to treatment according to reports from French Newspaper L’equipe.
Doctors are worried that Schumacher may end up in a permanent vegetative state for the rest of his life.
Support act: Schumacher’s wife Corinna insists her husband is a ‘fighter’ who will not give up
Schumacher is in a stable condition after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident
Read the Daily Mail report below:
The national newspaper, devoted to sport, wrote: ‘After four consecutive weeks in a coma, Michael Schumacher has been placed, according to our information, in a phase of gradual awakening. It is a slow and uncertain process of return… Michael Schumacher is responding positively to the process, started this week.’
In the case of traumatic brain injury, such as that sustained by Schumacher, doctors sometimes induce a coma. Shutting down function can give the brain time to heal.
To end the coma the dosage of powerful aneasthetic drugs being administered is gradually reduced.
Schumacher’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm reiterated that speculation about his condition should be ignored.
In a statement she said: ‘I insist again on the fact that any statement on the health of Michael Schumacher that does not come from the medical team in charge or his management is just speculation.’
Seven-time world champion Schumacher, 45, has been receiving round-the-clock care in Grenoble Hospital since December 29 when he hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in Meribel, in the French Alps.
His wife Corinna, 44, with whom the champion has two children Gina Marie, 16, and Mick, 14, has remained at his bedside.
The family has received more than 1000 letters of support.
‘Deeply moved’: Schumacher’s Rolf Schumacher and brother Ralf arrive at Grenoble Hospital earlier this month. His family have issued a heartfelt thank you to fans around the world for their support
Strain: Corinna Schumacher and their children have been maintaining a constant bedside vigil since his crash
In a statement, the family said: ‘We are deeply touched by all the messages to get well soon for Michael which are still being sent. That gives us strength. Thank you all so much… We all know he is a fighter and will not give up.’
Yesterday it was revealed that Schumacher is being given muscle training in order to stop his muscles from withering away.
The Formula One star is receiving muscle therapy so that his body will not seize up as he stays sedated in intensive care in Grenoble following his ski accident four weeks ago.
He was placed into an artificially induced coma shortly after the crash, but such measures normally last only a maximum of two weeks.
‘Patients in comas need limbs and joints moved daily to ensure muscles do not atrophy,’ emergency medicine expert Professor Heinzpeter Moecke told The Sun.
One Austrian website reported Schumacher, 45, may suffer from Apallic Syndrome or persistent vegetative state.
Jean-Marc Orgogozo, Professor of Neurology at the University of Bordeaux, said: ‘Every day, every week in a coma the chances decline that the situation is improving’.ARCHIVE: Fans hold vigil outside Schumacher’s hospital
Probe: Investigators at the site of Schumacher’s crash earlier this month where he smashed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in Meribel, France.
The the support of his wife Corinne, 44, his two teenaged children, brother and closest friends cannot mask the fact that more than four weeks in an artificial coma means that he is far from anywhere near recovery.
A persistent vegetative state is one in which patients with severe brain damage are in a state of partial arousal rather than true awareness.
This means that if doctors do bring him out of his artificially induced coma he would be unable to speak, move or feed himself.
The format.at news website said; ‘More than three weeks after the tragic skiing accident of the seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, hope dwindle for a full recovery.
‘For more than three weeks now Schumacher lies in a medically induced coma at the University Hospital in Grenoble.
Get well soon! Cologne and Schalke stars hold out a banner wishing Michael Schumacher good health
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