Michael Schumacher is in “a vegetative state” and is not responding to his family, a neurosurgeon claims

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.

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Seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher received sponsorship from his wife, Corina Credit: Environmental Protection Agency

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.

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He suffered a near-fatal trauma when he fell and hit his head with a stone while skiing

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He suffered a near-fatal trauma when he fell and hit his head with a stone while skiingCredit: AFP
The beloved German dominated the world of motorsport when he was at its peak

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The beloved German dominated the world of motorsport when he was at its peakCredit: Associated Press

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.

A neurosurgeon now claims to be in

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A neurosurgeon now claims to be in a “vegetative state” and is not responding to his familyCredit: Associated Press
Schumacher playing for Ferrari during the third training session at Istanbul Park circuit in 2006

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Schumacher playing for Ferrari during the third training session at Istanbul Park circuit in 2006Credit: Environmental Protection Agency

“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.”

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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