Michael Schumacher, the seven-time Formula One champion, has been in a coma for more than five months, and there’s been little new information about his condition. UPDATE: His manager, Sabine Kehm, has issued a statement about his condition, denying the latest rumors.
The Mirror newspaper in the United Kingdom points out that there’s been next to no updates regarding the condition of Schumacher, 45.
The ex-F1 champ hit his head on snow-covered rocks while he was skiing in the French Alps in late December.
Since there’s been few updates about his condition, outside experts are saying that he might be in a vegetative state for the rest of his life.
The Mirror reported that his wife Corina and two children, 16-year-old Gina Marie and 14-year-old Mick, have been by his bedside nearly the whole time. They have thanked fans for their support on Schumacher’s official website. “We are deeply touched by all the messages to get well soon for Michael which still are being sent. That gives us strength. Thank you all so much!” reads a statement.
According to Germany’s Focus magazine on Friday, his manager Sabine Kehm is again fighting another rumor after a Spanish website said he is showing signs of improvement.
Mundodeportivo.com reported that Schumacher is having “moments of consciousness” and “the ability to interact with the environment.” However, Kehm did not issue a statement to any other media, with Focus magazine saying that it’s likely not true.
And according to the Daily Record paper, Professor Peter Hutchinson of Cambridge University claimed the former champ will have difficulty learning how to walk, talk, and eat if he recovers.
“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,” he told the Daily Record.
A few weeks ago, Kehm told the Daily Telegraph: “We remain confident that Michael Schumacher will make it through and wake up.”
“There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress,” Kehm said, according to the newspaper. “There are moments when he is awake and moments when he is conscious.”