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Schumacher may never wake up from 'medically-induced' coma

January 16, 2014 12:44 IST

Schumacher may never wake up from 'medically-induced' coma

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Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, who has been in a medically-induced following a skiing accident in late December, may reportedly never regain consciousness.

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The seven-time German champion has been unconsciousness for 18 days since smashing his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps, although theoretically, the coma means that oxygen to his brain is reduced, allowing him to make a speedier recovery.


Photographs: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

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A German publication had quoted medical experts who said that Schumacher's condition is so grave that there is a chance he will not awaken. The report further added that doctors currently have no plans to try to rouse him from his coma.

The report mentioned that patients placed in comas are usually brought out of them before 14 days, adding that doctors gave Schumacher a fresh scan this week, with a neurosurgeon fearing that the long coma indicates serious brain damage. 


Photographs: Robert Pratta/Reuters

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