Recent reports of Michael Schumacher are that he hasn’t recovered enough to be taken out of his medically induced coma. The former Formula 1 driver has been in a coma for 18 days, following a freak skiing accident in France at the end of last year. According to German Newspaper, Bild, Schumacher’s condition is still considered critical and at this stage there are no plans to bring him out of his medically induced coma.
Artificially induced coma is widely used to help treat people who have had serious brain injuries. The state of unconsciousness slows the body down, which allows the brain to focus on repairing itself. In most cases, people are brought out of a medical coma after around 10 or 14 days, so it is worrying that Schumacher remains in this state after 18 days.
“’There may have been complications’, said neurosurgeon Andreas Zieger. ‘We should not speculate here. Ultimately, we are talking about life and death. A coma can in theory be maintained for a lifetime. It won’t hurt the human brain.’”
The downside to long-term coma is muscle dystrophy, increased pressure on the brain and liver damage, mainly due to the use of anaesthetics.
We’ll keep you posted on his progress and any changes in his condition.
You can read the full update here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2540017/Fears-grow-Michael-Schumacher-coma-rest-life.html