/ Motorsport / Doctors urge caution after Schumacher ‘good news’

Doctors urge caution after Schumacher ‘good news’

Linked In Share

Jun.17 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Doctors have urged caution following Monday’s official news that Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma.

Lewis Hamilton summed up the mood of almost the entire world when he hailed the statement issued by Schumacher’s management as “amazing news”.

“I’ve been trying to keep an ear out for what’s going on but not really hearing much improvement,” said the Mercedes driver. “To hear this is really encouraging.”

As well as saying the seven time world champion’s almost six-month coma is now over, Monday’s statement revealed Schumacher left the hospital in Grenoble for a “long phase of rehabilitation”.

It said little else, but warned of legal consequences should the media report further, including the location of Schumacher’s next destination.

But publications promptly claimed Schumacher, 45, was moved to Lausanne university hospital, a 30 minute drive from the family’s home in Switzerland. The hospital confirmed the news.

The media also began to quote the opinions of medical experts, like Oxford university neurosurgery professor Dr Tipu Aziz, who told AP news agency it is clear the former Ferrari driver will suffer “long-term side effects”.

“With rehabilitation, they will try to train him to cope with the disabilities that he’s got to achieve as much life function as possible,” he said.

“If he’s had a brain injury, he may have weakness in his limbs secondary to loss of brain function. He may have problems with speech and swallowing.”

Bild newspaper, claiming that Schumacher cannot yet talk, also reported that the rehabilitation “could take months if not years”.

“But there are hopeful signs,” British rehabilitation consultant Dr Ganesh Bavikatte is quoted by the Telegraph.

“He is physically fit, he is relatively young and I assume he did not have many pre-existing medical conditions.”

Others are less optimistic. Germany neurosurgeon Dr Andreas Pingel told the Focus publication that “Only between 10 and 30 per cent” of patients in Schumacher’s situation have “disabilities which are tolerable”.

And Germany’s society for neurology president Dr Andreas Ferbert warned that Schumacher could now be in a “waking coma”, resulting in a “permanent vegetative state”.

However, Bild newspaper had claimed Schumacher was communicating with his family.

“We do not know exactly what ‘communication’ means,” Finnish neurosurgeon Dr Mika Niemela told the MTV3 broadcaster. “Eyes open does not necessarily mean communication.

“I do not want to be a pessimist,” he added, “and I hope he does improve, but if the information that has been given is correct, then yes, the chance of recovery is fairly poor.

“If he has been five and a half months in ICU, the trauma was significant. Yes, he is probably in constant need of assistance.”

The medical consultant for French television BFMTV, however, said Monday’s news was a “real step”, because earlier updates indicated Schumacher remained at least partially in coma.

“Now it is possible to do a complete neurological evaluation and know exactly what has happened,” said Alain Ducardonnet.

“Based on this information, an appropriate rehabilitation will start.”

Another expert, the chief of neurology at Tampere University, said that Monday’s news makes the “Forecast of recovery slightly better” than before.

“But I am unable to comment on what his ability to function in the future will be,” Dr Heikki Numminen told Turun Sanomat newspaper.

Professor Heinzpeter Moecke, of Hamburg hospital, agrees that it is not publicly known what level of consciousness Schumacher is currently achieving.

At any rate, he said the F1 legend will “probably have to relearn everything: swallowing, movement, walking, talking. It is a very long and tedious process with many small steps.”

Asked if Schumacher can recover, he answered: “No one can say at this time. In principle, nothing is impossible. But that he will go back to before is at least unlikely.”

Former F1 driver Olivier Panis told RTL television on Monday that his friend “will not be paralysed, that’s for sure. He will not be disabled in a wheelchair.

“But as for the brain, we do not know. We have to be patient,” said the Frenchman.

by Mircea Serafim (my Google+) - Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 - filed under Motorsport. Image credit: .
Linked In Share
Related Articles


Discuss: Doctors urge caution after Schumacher ‘good news’

Leave a Reply
















Inautonews Facebook PageInautonews RSS FeedInautonews TwitterInautonews Youtube Channel

Sign up to receive our email newsletter on your email. It's safe. No spam!

2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M order guide revealed
2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M order guide revealedBMW has revealed the order guide for the brand new X5 M and X6 M, over-seas. the new BMW X5 M and X6 M will be offered with the ...
Recall roundup: 2014-2015 Jaguar XJ for brake problems
Recall roundup: 2014-2015 Jaguar XJ for brake problemsThe hydraulic brakes of the Jaguar XJ have led to a recall announced by the British based automaker. The 2014-2015 model years ...
Recall roundup: MINI Cooper Hardtop for seat problems
Recall roundup: MINI Cooper Hardtop for seat problemsThe brand new MINI Cooper Hardtop is the subject of a recall which has been announced by the British based automaker, because of ...
2016 Skoda Superb – new teaser released
2016 Skoda Superb – new teaser releasedA new teaser with the upcoming generation of the Skoda Superb has been released recently by the Czech based automaker. The third ...
Recall roundup: Dodge Ram pickup trucks for rear axle problems
Recall roundup: Dodge Ram pickup trucks for rear axle problemsFiat Chrysler Automobiles has recently issued a massive recall for the Dodge Ram pickup trucks because of some problems spotted ...
Lamborghini Aventador Super Veloce caught on camera
Lamborghini Aventador Super Veloce caught on cameraFor the first time ever, the Lamborghini Aventador Super Veloce has been spied while it was being tested out. One hot version of ...
Is Chrysler going to keep up its sales streak in 2015?
Is Chrysler going to keep up its sales streak in 2015?The third largest US automaker, now officially called FCA US, after its parent company Fiat Chrysler automobiles, has been on a ...
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat gets severely crashed by owner
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat gets severely crashed by ownerThe proud owner of a brand new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has managed to destroy his ride after pushing the throttle too hard ...
McLaren Sport Series goes drifting in third teaser
McLaren Sport Series goes drifting in third teaserThe upcoming entry-level supercar signed by McLaren, the so-called Sport Series, is smiling at us from a third teaser image, ...
Analyst opinions diverge on Tesla opportunities
Analyst opinions diverge on Tesla opportunitiesTesla Motors, the California based automaker that only produces luxury electrically-driven autos, has been the sweetheart of US ...
Lamborghini Murcielago SV
Lamborghini Murcielago SVA very rare example of the Lamborghini Murcielago Super Veloce has been involved in a serious crash in China, recently. Owning a ...
US: the end is nigh – cars that go out of production
US: the end is nigh – cars that go out of productionEach passing year is the same. Some US-sold cars and trucks will bite the dirt as they go out of production and take a long nap ...
U.S. – Volkswagen Golf R Launch Edition announced
U.S. – Volkswagen Golf R Launch Edition announcedVolkswagen has announced its plans to introduce the Golf R Launch Edition in the United States, where pre-orders for the first ...
[VIDEO] Ferrari collector picking up his brand new LaFerrari in Maranello
[VIDEO] Ferrari collector picking up his brand new LaFerrari in MaranelloPicking up your brand new car is something you remember for a lot of time but what if your brand new ride is a Ferrari LaFerrari ...
Aventador slides underneath GLK in China
Aventador slides underneath GLK in ChinaA Lamborghini Aventador has been crashed recently into a Mercedes-Benz GLK, in China, as the German vehicle was waiting for a ...
Read more automotive news


2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Live Images

2015 dodge challenger srt hellcat crash
lamborghini aventador mercedes glk crash china 1
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint 1
2016 audi r8 render 1
Mercedes-Benz S-Class by Brabus Red 1
2015 Audi RS5 Coupe Sport Edition 1
Lamborghini Aventador Pirelli Edition 1
Cadillac CTS-V 1
2015 Ford Mondeo Hybrid 01
Mazda_tokyo_salon
audi_sound_Q7
hyundai_infotainment_carplay_android_auto

More automotive from inautonews
BMW has revealed the order guide for the brand new X5 M and X6 M, over-seas. the new BMW X5 M and X6 M will be offered with the Driver Assistance Plus Package, adding the Active Driving Assistant, the Active Blind Spot Detection, the side and top cameras or the speed limit alerts for 1,900 USD. ...
read more
Inautonews Editors Section
2015 Ford Mondeo arrives in Romania – short test drive inside
2015 Ford Mondeo arrives in Romania – short test drive insideFord Romania has introduced the fifth generation of the Mondeo in Europe, over a 2-day event which has gotten us, automotive journalists, through all ...
Test Drive: Ford Fiesta ST
Test Drive: Ford Fiesta ST The current generation of the Ford Fiesta ST has been officially presented to the public back in March, 2012, during the Geneva Motor Show, and it ...
Test Drive: Renault Twizy – Back to basics
Test Drive: Renault Twizy – Back to basics Renault has been producing the Twizy for a couple of years now, in its Valladolid, Spain, facility but spotting one on European roads can turn out ...

Editors Section
Inautonews Editors Section
2012 Safest Cars list 2011 Safest Cars [Video] 2011 IIHS Safest Cars [Video] 2011 EuroNCAP Safest Cars 2010 Safest Cars [Video]

Latest in Safety Recall roundup: 2014-2015 Jaguar XJ for brake problemsThe hydraulic brakes of the Jaguar XJ have led to a recall announced by the British based ... Recall roundup: MINI Cooper Hardtop for seat problemsThe brand new MINI Cooper Hardtop is the subject of a recall which has been announced by the ...
Safety Section