Doctors are still trying to wake up Formula One legend Michael Schumacher from his coma, three months after he suffered a devastating brain injury in a skiing accident in the French resort of Meribel.
The process of trying to bring him out of his medically-induced coma is now in its eighth week, and the duration of the process is leading to fears that Schumacher will never recover. However, Schumacher’s wife Corrina hopes that by spending a fraction of the family’s £500m fortune, it will at least allow him to continue his treatment at their £25m estate on Lake Geneva.
A friend of the family for 25 years told the Sun: “Miracles happen, of course, and as a wealthy man he has the best care money can buy.” But all the money in the world cannot fix what has happened to him. The family are making arrangements for a future of permanent immobility. Is there a sense of denial at play among them? I would say yes”
Schumacher has been in intensive care in Grenoble University Hospital since his December 29 accident in the Alpine resort of Meribel, in which he hit his head against a rock in an impact strong enough to crack his helmet. After surgery to reduce bleeding and bruising he was placed in an induced coma and his body temperature was lowered to reduce the risk of further damage. The ‘waking-up’ process began at the end of January.