“I think he’s in a vegetative state, which means he’s awake but not responding,” says Swiss neurologist Erich Riederer.
A recent documentary broadcasted in France has shone more light on Michael Schumacher‘s health condition. According to the Swiss neurologist Erich Riederer, Schumacher may be in a “vegetative state” and he may not respond to anyone, including his family.
In December 2013, Schumacher suffered a critical brain injury while he was skiing in the French Alps. Despite wearing a helmet, the impact between a rock and the former German F1 driver had near-fatal consequences. After brain surgery at the Grenoble Hospital, Schumacher spent months in a specialized clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland before returning to his home.
Since then, his wife Corinne has kept maximum secrecy about the real health conditions of Michael Schumacher. The very few rumors about Schumacher’s conditions include speculations when he left the clinic in Lausanne. He was described as “paralysed and in a wheelchair” and he “cannot speak and has memory problems”.
The neurologist added that Michael Schumacher “is breathing, his heart is beating, he can probably sit up and take baby steps with help, but no more”. Riederer continues “I think that’s the maximum for him. Is there any chance of seeing him like he was before his accident? I really don’t think so”.
Erich Riederer, who works at a private clinic in Zurich, speculates that Schumacher’s surgery has been postponed too long. “Neurosurgeons always say ‘time is brain’, which means you have to act now. In my opinion, they waited too long for the brain to shut down. If you let too much time pass, you will destroy the brain substances”.