Doctors treating stricken F1 motor racing legend Michael Schumacher have abandoned their attempts to bring him out of his artificial coma following setbacks, it is reported today.
Germany’s news magazine Focus – which enjoys a close relationship with the 45-year-old inner circle – claims the slow waking-up process for the seven-times world champion was put on hold last week.
Schumacher has lain in an artificially induced coma since December 29 in the University Hospital of Grenoble in France after seriously injuring his head during a low-speed ski accident the same day.
Doctors announced three weeks ago they were reducing the anaesthetic keeping him under to slowly bring him around.
Now, according to Focus, that has been halted because of ‘complications’ although just what those problems are has not been announced.
Official news about Schumacher’s condition is scant with the family preferring only to issue the briefest of bulletins every few weeks.
The latest claim will only add to the concerns of fans worldwide that the severity of his brain trauma is causing experts concern every step of the way on his torturous road to recovery.
Focus said that, for now, the recovery phase is back on ice and Schumacher is once again medicated to keep him under.
The process was initiated because his brain injury was so severe doctors needed to suppress its normal functions to allow it to operate at low-speed and, hopefully, recover more quickly.
Only last week, ex-colleague Felipe Massa had visited Schumi in hospital and spoken to him.
‘He sleeps looks but quite normal,’ he said. ‘I think he even reacted a bit.’
Doctors may have decided to break off his awakening for a variety of reasons, including reduced blood flow, a new infection or signals that the drugs lying in the fatty tissue of his body were not shifting as fast as they would have hoped.
Just a fortnight ago he contracted, and fought off, a bout of mild pneumonia contracted through the breathing tubes keeping him alive.
Now with the latest news the fear is that his hopes of making a complete recovery are dimmer than ever.
His wife Corinna, 44, and teenaged children Gina-Marie and son Mick are constantly at his bedside, talking to him throughout the day when he is massaged, turned and cleaned while hooked up to a bank of machines keeping him alive.
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