7-time Formula One champion has been in coma for more than 3 months
By: GMM on April 5, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Michael Schumacher has been in a coma since his skiing accident on the French Alps on Dec. 29.
A wave of relief spread via the Bahrain paddock on Friday, as information broke that 6-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher has proven “moments of consciousness” this week after months in a coma.
The quick statement produced by Schumacher spokesperson Sabine Kehm, even so, refused to divulge particulars of the advancement out of respect for the loved ones. Respected doctors, even so, have been swift to include some of their insights to the news.
Dr. Alain Simon, the healthcare consultant for the French sports every day L’;Equipe, says the most recent Schumacher statement is “difficult to interpret.”
“It could imply he opens and closes his eyes when he is asked,” he said. “People who are in this phase are not speaking and it could be months like this, but maybe these moments are a sign of hope.”
Simon stated the growth in Schumacher’;s issue could in fact be extremely timely.
Alain Ducardonnet, the health-related consultant for France’;s BFMTV, agrees that the statement issued by the Schumacher camp on Friday is optimistic.
“Previously there had been nothing at all in distinct,” Ducardonnet mentioned. “It was attempted to wake him but clearly he did not. But ‘moments of consciousness and awakening’; can indicate everything and it can imply nothing at all. These are generic phrases. Possibly he is responding to basic commands: open your eyes, move your hand, maybe the skin was clamped to see if he feels pain.
“These are the first things we do when we assess consciousness.”
Nevertheless another medical doctor, the French neurosurgeon Philippe Decq, warned: “We should be really cautious.
“Indicators of awakening [are] possibly the observation of eye movements, followed by eye-make contact with. This is encouraging and I am happy to hear that but we need to be extremely cautious. The lesions are certainly very significant. Anything at all can happen. You are never ever unscathed after a trauma of this severity.”
Schumacher’;s former manager Willi Weber, nevertheless, spoke for the world of F1 when he stated on Friday: “Thank God. For me, that is the best information of the year.”
Bild newspaper reported that Schumacher has been moved inside of the Grenoble hospital to an intensive care region for patients requiring much less constant supervision.
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