Brain and Nervous System
December 8, 2017

When would your doctor decide to put you in a coma?

If you’ve seen any soap opera, you’d know that coma’s are a popular device in television to create a sense of drama. In real life, though, a coma can also be a necessary tool to save your life, and not everyone in a coma is unconscious because of a condition or  disease: sometimes doctors need to induce a coma to save your life. What is a coma? Being put into a coma isn’t a standard medical procedure. Doctors only turn to a medically induced coma when all other options have been exhausted – because your brain has responded to trauma…
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June 16, 2014

Schumacher no longer in coma

You probably remember a time when Michael Schumacher’s name was hardly ever out of the media - especially during Grand Prix season. However, today Schumacher is driving the longest and hardest race of his life, the one to recover from a very serious head injury he sustained while skiing in December last year. He’s remained in a medically induced coma since the accident, and attempts to wake him up was put on hold.  Today however, his management company said in a statement: "Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a…
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Brain and Nervous System
January 17, 2014

Schumacher STILL in medically induced coma

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. (more…)
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January 2, 2014

Schumacher’s brain injury: What is a “lucid interval”?

Yesterday, the news broke of Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident in the French Alps, whereby he sustained serious brain injuries and underwent emergency surgery. Doctors were hesitant to comment on his prognosis, although they confirmed he was in a critical condition. As of this morning, Schumacher remains in a coma, and doctors have reported that he is fighting for his life and that his condition is “touch and go”. At this stage they are unable to say what the full extent of his injuries are. (more…)
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