FANS of F1 legend Michael Schumacher should not “give up hope” as he continues his recovery after a horrific skiing accident, claims a medical expert.
The German motor-racing icon, who turned 49 yesterday, was placed in a medically-induced coma after suffering major brain trauma following his crash in December 2013, The Sun reports.
Since then he has been given around-the-clock care at his home in Lake Geneva, Switzerland, by a team of 15 doctors and nurses at an estimated cost of nearly $AUD200,000 a week.
His family has kept details of his conditions secret after he was gradually woken from the coma in June, 2014.
Now a top German doctor claims there is still hope for the seven-time F1 world champion, reports The Express.
Professor Mark Obermann, Director of the Centre for Neurology at the Asklepios clinic in Seesen, Germany, has told the star’s supporters “they shouldn’t (give up hope)”.
Citing a recent study into people who have been in vegetative states, Professor Obermann said nearly half of patients have “regained consciousness”.
He said: “According to a Swedish study, between 30 and 40 per cent of patients have regained consciousness within four years.
“Many can come back to life and see how their children and grandchildren grow up, what plans they have or what else happens in the family or in the circle of friends.”
Schumacher is being cared for by his beloved wife Corinna, 48, as well as his kids Gina Maria, 20, and Mick, 18.
And Obermann claims that communication from loved ones also plays a part in the recovery.
He said: “It is assumed that the patients are aware of more than we previously thought was possible.”
Despite the almost complete silence on his condition, Schumacher’s team regularly updates his Facebook page with clips from his illustrious career along with the hashtag #keepfighting.
In November, German media reported that his loved ones were holding out for a “medical miracle”.
An article in Brunte magazine claims the Ferrari icon is “sending signals from his distant world” — giving hope that he may one day recover from the catastrophic brain injury suffered in the freak accident.