Medical expert says there is still hope that Michael Schumacher could 'come back to life'
The fourth anniversary of Michael Schumacher's tragic skiing accident has just passed and although details of the former F1 star's condition remain scarce, a German medical expert has said that people shouldn't 'give up hope'.
The seven-time F1 champion hit his head on a rock while skiing in December 2013, and required two life-saving operations. He has since been cared for in his home in Switzerland, although his family have been careful to keep his rehabilitation private.
Schumacher turned 49 on January 3, with his daughter Gina posting a heartfelt message of support on Instagram.
"Happy Birthday to the best Dad ever. We love you. #keepfighting."
Professor Mark Obermann, Director of the Centre for Neurology at the Asklepios clinic in Seesen, Germany, has given Schumacher fans some hope that the racing legend might one day recover, citing a study that showed that some patients are able to return to close to their old selves.
"According to a Swedish study, between 30 and 40 percent of patients have regained consciousness within four years," Obermann said in quotes reported by the Daily Express.
"Many can come back to life and see how their children and grandchildren grow up, what plans they have or what else happens in the family or in the circle of friends."