Formula, legendary Michael Schumacher is in “a comatose state” and unresponsive to his family, according to a prominent doctor.
Renowned neurosurgeon Eric Rederer made this disturbing claim in a new documentary for a French TV channel.
He told TMC: “I think he’s in a coma, which means he’s awake but not responding.”
“He’s breathing, his heart is beating, maybe he can sit down and take baby steps with help, but nothing more.
“I think that’s the limit for him. Is there any chance of seeing him as he was before the accident? I really don’t think so.”
The health of the Formula 1 legend has been shrouded in secrecy since he suffered a near-fatal brain injury in 2013 after falling and cracking his head on a rock while skiing off a piste in the French Alps.
Despite wearing a helmet, the German’s injuries were so severe that he was placed in a medical coma.
Since his accident in December 2013, there has only been scraps of information about his continued recovery.
By June 2014 he regained consciousness and left the Grenoble Hospital for further rehabilitation at the University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland.
In September of that year, he left the Swiss Hospital to continue his recovery at home.
Schumacher was reported to have been “paralyzed and in a wheelchair” in November and “unable to speak and with memory problems”.
Former Ferrari manager Jean Todt gave an interview in July 2019 in which he said that Schumacher was making “good progress” but also “struggling to communicate” but was able to watch Formula 1 races on TV.
Riederer’s claim comes just days after Schumacher’s ex-manager at Ferrari said he was “fighting” to recover.
Jan Todd, 74, is among a handful of visitors who have been allowed to see the 51-year-old – who is being cared for in Switzerland by his wife Corinna and their two children, Gina Marie and Meek.
Frenchman Todd oversaw five of Schumacher’s seven titles while he was manager of Ferrari.
He said, “I saw Michael last week. He’s fighting.
“Oh my God, we know he had a terrible ski accident and an unfortunate cause of so many problems.
“ But he has a wonderful wife by his side, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can’t help but wish him the best and we wish the family the best too.
“All I can do is be close to them so I can do something, and then I’ll do it.”
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Earlier this year, surgeon Nicola Akyari said the star would not be recognizable now from the man F1 fans remember.
He said, “We have to imagine a person completely different from the one we remember on the track, with a very altered and degraded organ and muscle structure and a skeletal structure.”
Akyari, who works in a hospital in Bologna, has not been reported to have treated the athlete’s star.
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