Friday 17 November 2017

F1 legend 'has lost 25pc of body weight'

German Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher poses with his wife Corinna
German Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher poses with his wife Corinna

Tony Paterson

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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