More than two weeks after Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher was placed in a coma following a ski accident his prognosis is still unclear. The hospital in France where Schumacher has been in a coma since Dec. 29 has the former race car driver listed as stable but they have not released an update on his condition in over a week.
Heinz Peter Moecke, director of the Institute for Emergency Medicine, Asklepios Kliniken in Hamburg told the German newspaper Bild that people are typically kept in a coma for a few days or at most one or two weeks because the patient could have problems such as swelling in the brain or liver damage due to the medication.
The newspaper also reports there are currently no plans to awaken Schumacher from the coma because the injuries are too severe.
Many fear the worst for the most decorated driver of all time, but Andreas Zieger, a neurosurgeon in Oldenburg, Germany, warns against speculation because it is unknown what injuries Schumacher sustained from his accident in the French Alps.
“Brain injuries are among the most complicated injuries that can happen to the human body,” he told the German newspaper Focus. “Therefore individual predictions about the course and potential complications cannot in all cases (be) reliable.”