Michael Schumacher can only be saved by “a miracle,” a doctor has told the ex-Formula One champion’s family.
Sources told The Telegraph that doctors told his wife Corinna and brother Ralf Schumacher that his chances of recovering from a brain injury are minimal. Schumacher, 45, sustained the injury when he was skiing late last year in France.
The family is believed to be concerned that Schumacher will spend the rest of his life in a vegetative state.
Most artificial comas last for about three weeks on average, while Schumacher has been out for nearly three months.
Schumacher’s management said there was no change, despite the reports.
Schumacher is “still in a wake up phase” and the the situation has not been changed, a spokesperson, Sabine Kehm, told The Associated Press.
Doctors have operated to remove blood clots from his brain but there were some that were too deeply embedded.
Neurologists who aren’t involved in his treatment have told AP that his chances of recovery are not good.
“The family has been told that only a miracle can bring him back now,” said a senior German journalist, who was not named, according to The Telegraph. “He is in a bad way, but until the family issues a formal statement, we cannot publish anything.”
Another source told the paper: “Doctors have given it to them straight. Miracles sometimes happen but there is little hope that he will come out of this.”
A report from Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed that Schumacher is recovering without “respiratory assistance,” but it did not offer sources.
“Michael is still in the wake up phase. The situation has not changed. Any medical information published which is not confirmed by the team of doctors treating Michael or his management has to be considered as not valid,” his management stressed to Euro News.