Schumacher will remain an invalid ‘for the rest of his life’ says neurologist
A leading Swiss neurologist has dismissed speculation that Michael Schumacher will fully recover from his brain injuries, stating that he is likely to remain an invalid for the rest of his life.
Hopes that the Formula One champion would make a recovery have risen since he was transferred from Grenoble university hospital to a rehabilitation clinic in the Swiss city of Lausanne after six months in a medically induced coma.
Schumacher, who suffered the injuries during his off-piste skiing accident in France last December was thought to be steadily improving.
His manager Sabine Kehm said Schumacher was “no longer in a coma” and was set to begin his rehabilitation in Lausanne, 24 miles from his family home.
However leading neurologist Erich Riederer, a Zurich-based neurologist who is familiar with coma patients, has dismissed any chances of a full recovery and says that Schumacher will remain an invalid for the rest of his life.
"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.
"But first it is an incredibly positive message when someone wakes up after being in a coma for half a year. For him it is positive, but also for his family, this is hugely important," he said.
The neurologist predicted a long road ahead for Schumacher because of the “permanent damage” caused by the accident.
During his 120 mile ambulance transfer to Lausanne on Monday, Schumacher was reported to have communicated by nodding. He was also said to have kept his eyes open for long stretches of the journey.