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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 17:24

Michael Schumacher: 'only a miracle' can save him

Michael Schumacher needs "a miracle" to survive, doctors reportedly tell his family


Doctors treating Michael Schumacher and other medical experts have told his family that "only a miracle" can save him, sources have claimed.


The seven-time Formula One world champion suffered serious brain injuries after hitting a rock during a skiing accident in the French Alpine ski resort of Meribel in late December.


He is being treated in hospital in Grenoble where he has been in an artificially induced coma for a total of 69 days.


Sources close to his family say the 45-year-old driver's wife Corinna and his brother, Ralf Schumacher, have been consulting brain specialists throughout Europe and have been told that his chances of recovery are minimal.


The family is said to be concerned that the French doctors treating Schumacher have little hope that he will recover and now assume that he will remain in a vegetative state for the rest of his life.


Experts point out that most artificial comas last for an average of three weeks. Schumacher's management team has insisted that doctors are gradually reducing drug levels to bring the driver out of his artificial coma and that he is currently in a "wake up" phase.


In a statement released on Friday, Schumacher's management team insisted there had been no change. "Michael is still in a wake up phase, the situation has not altered," said the driver's management team spokeswoman Sabine Kehm.


At the management team's request, the Grenoble hospital treating Schumacher has kept news about his condition to a minimum. However sources close to his family say that the driver's prognosis is bleak. "The family has been told that only a miracle can bring him back now," a senior German journalist reporting on the Schumacher case said. " He is in a bad way but until the family issues a formal statement, we cannot publish anything," he added.


Another source added: "Doctors have given it to them straight. Miracles sometimes happen but there is little hope that he will come out of this."


A fortnight ago, Germany's Focus magazine reported that complications had obliged doctors to halt Schumacher's wake up process and that the driver had been put back into a coma. However Schumacher's management team denied the report.


Coma experts have stressed that the past week should have been crucial for Schumacher's wake up process as doctors would have been hoping for a sign that he was gradually becoming aware of his surroundings.


However last Sunday, the Schumacher family is reported to have spent Corinna Schumacher's 45th birthday gathered around the comatose driver's hospital bed praying in vain for him to acknowledge their presence.


Doctors say that the greatest risk facing the driver while he remains in a coma and unable to swallow properly, is the possibility that he will contract pneumonia as a result of his lungs being filled with fluid.


Should Schumacher manage to emerge from his coma, there appears to be little likelihood that he would be able to live a normal, active life.


Gary Hartstein, a former Formula One doctor told the German media last week: "The majority of patients who come out of a coma alive after this amount of time suffer severe disabilities."


Source: The Telegraph

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 17:32

Hopefully he pulls through.  However it will not be a "Miracle from God" or any other Diety for that matter.  If he survives, it is due to the hard work of the doctors, the medication, and the bodies innate ability to heal itself.

I don't get that "praying in vain for him to acknowledge their presence", I'm sorry but praying won't do dick all. If he were to acknowledge their presence it would be because his body has healed itself enough that he would be able to.  

Sorry for the off-topic, and I really do hope he pulls through, but it just makes me shake my head when I read stuff like that.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 17:36


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 17:44


What theyarecomingforyou said :cry:

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 17:49

lets pray for him. he always was in the center of my happenings when i experienced something new/unexpected in my life the last years. even more weird because i used to be anti-schumacher in his early years.

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 04:14

As a "medical" rule of thumb: the longer the coma, the lesser change to pull through. If after one month, still one is in coma, almost always ZERO 0% chance to recover :(

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 12:41


lets pray for him.

Praying for him will do absolutely nothing, just like firey said.

I think its time to start thinking if he would rather die or live a life severally limited. I know which I would choose.

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 12:43

Whole article says "a journalist says" or "a source close to the family reveals". No named sources, so could be entirely fabricated. There will be a very small handful of people who know what's really going on. I never liked him as a driver, but I hope he either makes a full recovery (unlikely) or passes peacefully.


I would be VERY surprised if a doctor used those words.

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 13:40

Post about someone dining and everyone fixated on miracle and prayer and felt the need to post about it...

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 13:42

Dining?  No thanks, I just ate.

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 13:55

As a "medical" rule of thumb: the longer the coma, the lesser change to pull through. If after one month, still one is in coma, almost always ZERO 0% chance to recover :(


Dunno bout that, I've seen plenty of "man wakes after 20 years coma" stories over the years. Granted when they do wake up after that long they're not exactly in 100% fitness:




Plenty of other results:




Hopefully they've tested for this:



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 02:38

These are the few cases fall in "almost always", so rule is still valid

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 16:45


Formula One’s Michael Schumacher loses 25% of his body weight after 83 days in coma

Muscle atrophy is reportedly taking a significant toll on Formula One racer Michael Schumacher, who’s in his 83rd day of an artificial coma after suffering a horrific skiing accident this winter.

The once fit and hearty champion has lost 25% of his body weight while doctors have tried unsuccessfully to bring him out his medically induced coma for several weeks now,according to Mirror.com.

Schumacher is reportedly down to about 120 pounds, the paper said, leading a German doctor to speculate that he’d suffered serious muscle loss.

“One must assume that his muscles have degraded greatly due to the immobility,” Dr. Curt Diehm, a German physician, told the website.

Schumacher, 45, had an accident Dec. 29 while skiing at Meribel, a resort in the French alps.

He suffered extensive brain injuries, but doctors have withheld any definitive word on his condition.

His medical team at the University of Grenoble has slowly been reducing the drugs that had kept him unconscious immediately after the accident.

But Schumacher has yet to regain his faculties even as doctors phase out his medications.

The seven-time champion’s wife and two children have kept daily bedside vigils with him at the hospital.

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 04:02

Michael Schumacher ‘shows signs that give us encouragement’, says his manager By Ella Alexander 03 April 2014 07:35 PM

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 04:44


I won't believe it until it's from a doctor's mouth. Otherwise it's pure speculation.