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Michael Schumacher spends 150th day in coma, speculations of permanent vegetative state

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 10:20am IST | Place: London | Agency: ANI

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Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has reportedly spent his 150th day in a medically-induced coma as speculations claim that he may be in a permanent vegetative state for the rest of his life.

The retired seven-time German champion has been in a coma for nearly six months since hitting his head on a rock in the French Alps on December 29.

According to the Daily Express, although Schumacher's management team has not issued an update on his progress for over six weeks, however, medical experts fear the worst as next week, the retired race ace will enter the sixth month of his coma with little perceptible progress to indicate that he will regain full consciousness.

An expert from a neuro-rehabilitation clinic at Germany said that although it is impossible to say how quickly a patient with a brain injury is going to wake up, but the longer the recovery phase, the more serious is the brain damage to the patient.

An F1 doctor fears the longer Schumacher is in the coma, the more improbable it is that he will recover from it, while a French neurological professor said statistically, 30% of patients recover well from a severe brain injury, 50% is affected by mild impairment while 20% of them suffer from severe disabilities.

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