Thursday 29 January 2015

'No false hopes' for Michael Schumacher, says Formula One doctor

Published 23/06/2014 | 11:49

Slow recovery: Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher has been in hospital since December 29

A former Formula One physician is sceptical that Michael Schumacher will recover from his brain injuries and insists that no false hopes should be raised over his medical condition.

Gary Hartstein, the former Formula One doctor has cast doubt on Michael Schumacher's chances of making a full recovery.

In an interview with Germany's Bunte magazine, Dr Hartstein said that the driver's fans were owed an honest assessment of his prospects.

“These people have earned some honesty, they do not want any beating about the bush,” he said.

Dr Hartstein has been criticised for being too pessimistic about Schumacher's chances of recovery.

“I fear there will be no more good news,” he wrote in his blog earlier this month. He suggested Schumacher was unlikely to regain consciousness and would either die or remain in a so called "waking coma" for the rest of his life.

Last week the Zurich-based neurologist Dr Erich Riederer also doubted that the driver would make a full recovery.

"He will remain an invalid all his life and will always remain dependent on the help of others," he told the Swiss online news site 20 Minuten.

Schumacher, 45, was last week transferred from Grenoble University hospital to a rehabilitation clinic in the Swiss city of Lausanne after spending nearly six months in an artificially induced coma following his off-piste skiing accident in France last December.

The driver cannot speak, but during his transfer to Lausanne he was said to have communicated with the ambulance crew by nodding. He also kept his eyes open for long periods.

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