Michael Schumacher's wife spends hours talking to him every day
Corinna sits by the racing driver's bed, talking to him in the hope will one day respond
Published 11/02/2014 | 17:24
Michael Schumacher's wife spends hours talking to her husband at his bedside to try to help him round from his coma.
Corinna, 44, has spoken to the seven-time world champion - who is being kept under anaesthetic at the University Hospital in France - every day without any response.
The former F1 driver was placed in an artificially induced coma after he struck a rock while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribelon Dec 29. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital and received emergency brain surgery.
Doctors have warned the family, including children Gina Marie, 16 and son Mick, 14, that bringing Schumacher out of the coma could take weeks as the sleeping drugs make their way out of his body.
Last week his spokesman said he was still in a critical, but stable condition.
Surgeons have performed two operations to remove blood clots around Mr Schumacher's brain. He has been kept asleep to reduce swelling.
Doctors in Grenoble have ruled out giving a prognosis for his condition in the coming days and months. But it is medically possible for someone to spend several weeks in an induced coma and make a full recovery.
Professor Jean-Luc Truelle, the former head of the neurology department of the Foch hospital in Suresnes, told L'Equipe that a month is "the maximum period before entering into this phase" of coming out of an artificial coma.
He said the process would begin with a sedation phase, then the patient opens his eyes followed by the "re-establishment of some kind of communication, which we verify through simple commands," such as "open your eyes, shut your eyes, squeeze your hand".
"Schumacher appears to show this type of re-awakening," wrote L'Equipe. According to Prof Truelle, the two months following this phase are a period of confusion in which the patient is in a state of "lethargy" and that recovery stage can take "several years in the case of serious head trauma".