Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher needs “a miracle” to survive, doctors have reportedly told his family.
The seven-time Formula One world champion suffered serious brain injuries after hitting his head on a rock during a skiing accident.
The accident happened at the French Alpine resort of Meribel in late December of last year.
Schumacher is currently being treated in hospital in Grenoble where he has been in an induced coma for 69 days. The hospital, respecting the wishes of the Schumacher family, has kept information released to the press to a minimum.
Sources close to the Schumacher family say the 45-year-old driver’s wife Corinna and his brother, Ralf Schumacher, have been consulting European brain specialists and have been told that his chances of recovery are minimal.
Although doctors are gradually reducing drug levels to bring the driver out of his artificial coma experts generally concur that most artificial comas last for an average of three weeks.
Sabine Kehm, the driver´s management team spokesperson, said: “Michael is still in a wake up phase, the situation has not altered.”
Experts have stressed that the past week should have been crucial for Schumacher’s “wake up” process as doctors would have been hoping for a sign that he was gradually becoming more aware of his surroundings.
Gary Hartstein, a former Formula One doctor told the German media last week: “The majority of patients who come out of a coma alive after this amount of time suffer severe disabilities.”