Monday 2 March 2015

F1 legend 'has lost 25pc of body weight'

Tony Paterson

Published 22/03/2014 | 02:30

MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, ITALY: German Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher poses with his wife Corinna, in the winter resort of Madonna di Campiglio, in the Dolomites area, Northern Italy, 11 January 2005. Schumacher takes part in the traditionnal Ferrari winter meeting with the press. AFP PHOTO / Press Ferrari (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
German Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher poses with his wife Corinna

ForMER Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, pictured, is reported to have lost a quarter of his body weight since doctors placed him in an artificially induced coma to help him recover from brain injuries sustained in a skiing accident last December.

Schumacher's weight had dropped from 75kg to just 55kg in the 83 days since he was placed in a coma, according to reports in German media.

"Weight loss in coma patients is normal," Professor Dr Kurt Diehm, a coma expert at Germany's Karlsbad teaching hospital told Bild.

Schumacher (45) suffered a serious head injury after striking a rock during a skiing accident in the French resort of Meribel.

Officially, the injured driver is now in a "wake-up" phase as doctors gradually reduce his drug intake in an attempt to bring him out of his coma. Yet signs of a recovery have been minimal. "His family is incredibly strong, they won't let themselves be discouraged," the driver's manager Sabine Kehm said earlier this week.

She stressed that Schumacher had not yet woken up, adding: "We are still waiting for this to happen but we have learned to accept that it can take a long time".

Doctors are reported to have told Schumacher's family that the driver's chances of recovery are poor. Last month, Germany's 'Focus' magazine reported that complications had obliged doctors to halt his wake-up process. Schumacher's management team denied that report. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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