News about Michael Schumacher, the seven-time F1 champion, may never be positive, a doctor has said, telling fans of the driver to prepare for the worst.
Schumacher, 45, hit his head while he was skiing in the French Alps in late December. He’s been in a comatose state since then–with few updates in the past several weeks about his condition.
Gary Hartstein, an ex-F1 doctor, told the Telegraph that things probably won’t get better.
“I can conceive of no possible reason that Michael’s entourage, understandably extremely protective of his and their privacy, would not tell his fans if significantly good things have happened,” he said.
“I’m quite afraid (and virtually certain) we will never have any good news about Michael,” he was quoted as saying by the paper. “At this point, I rather dread seeing that the family has put out a press release.”
And an F1 media member, Roger Benoit, told the paper that “everybody is really worried. Grenoble and the family have been silent for weeks. Why?”
Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm issued a statement last on April 4.
The update reads, “Michael is making progress on his way. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening. We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident.”
It’s been about 18 weeks since doctors started trying to walk Schumacher out of the coma.
Another doctor not involved in the case said that Schumacher will have to learn how to walk, talk, and eat again if he recovers.
Professor Peter Hutchinson, of Cambridge University, told the Mirror: “It is not as if someone will switch on the light and the patient is all there. He will probably come back to a world he doesn’t know.”