Michael Schumacher is in a ‘vegetative state’ and not responding to his family, leading neurosurgeon claims


MOTORSPORTS legend Michael Schumacher is in a “vegetative state” and not responding to his family, according to a leading doctor.

Renowned neurosurgeon Erich Riederer made the worrying claim in a new documentary for a French TV channel.

Seven time Formula 1 champ Michael Schumacher is being cared for by his wife Corinna 

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Seven time Formula 1 champ Michael Schumacher is being cared for by his wife Corinna Credit: EPA

“I think he’s in a vegetative state, which means he’s awake but not responding,” he told TMC.

“He is breathing, his heart is beating, he can probably sit up and take baby steps with help, but no more.

“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.”

The F1 legend’s health 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-piste in the French Alps.

Despite wearing a helmet, the German’s injuries were so severe he was placed into a medically-induced coma.

He suffered a near-fatal brain injury when he fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing

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He suffered a near-fatal brain injury when he fell and hit his head on a rock while skiingCredit: AFP
The much-loved German dominated the world of motor racing when he was at his peak

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The much-loved German dominated the world of motor racing when he was at his peakCredit: AP:Associated Press

Riederer’s claim comes just days after Schumacher’s ex boss at Ferrari said he was “fighting” to recover . 

Jean Todt, 74, is among just a handful of visitors 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 Mick.

Frenchman Todt oversaw five of Schumacher’s seven titles when he was team principal for Ferrari.

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He said: “I saw Michael last week. He is fighting.

A neurosurgeon now claims he is in a 'vegetative state' and not responding to his family

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A neurosurgeon now claims he is in a ‘vegetative state’ and not responding to his familyCredit: AP:Associated Press
Schumacher in action for Ferrari during third practice session at the Istanbul Park circuit in 2006

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Schumacher in action for Ferrari during third practice session at the Istanbul Park circuit in 2006Credit: EPA

“My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems. 

“But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.

“All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it.”

Earlier this year, surgeon Nicola Acciari said the star would now be unrecognisable from the man F1 fans remember.

He said: “We must imagine a person very different from the one we remember on the track, with a very altered and deteriorated organic, muscular and skeletal structure.”

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Acciari, who works for a hospital in Bologna, is not reported to have treated the sporting superstar.

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