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Thursday 17 April 2014

Waking up Schumacher may send him into 'vegetative state', warns medical expert

Michael Schumacher's management have again called for an end to the speculation regarding the condition of the seven-time Formula One world champion. PA

A leading medical expert has expressed concerns that attempts to wake Michael Schumacher from his induced coma may send the F1 legend into vegetative state.

Schumacher is currently being kept under anesthetic at the University Hospital in Grenoble since hitting his head on a rock while skiing on December 29th.

Doctors have warned the driver’s family that it could take weeks for all the sleeping drugs to be out of his body, but Professor Heinzpeter Moecke of the Institute for Emergency Medicine at the Asklepios Clinic in Hamburg says that waking Schumacher could leave him in a ‘permanent vegetative state’.

“There is unfortunately the risk that in sneaking out of a deep artificial sleep the patient is then in a waking coma,” he said.

“This would mean a permanent vegetative state where Schumacher would effectively be paralysed.”

“Waking up from an artificial sleep can leave the patient initially confused, not sure of who he is or where he is.”

Doctors in Grenoble have told Schumacher’s family that the toughest phase of his recovery is yet to come.

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