A fan's cap hangs on the fence of the karting circuit owned by German former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher.
A fan's cap hangs on the fence of the karting circuit owned by German former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher: Doctor warns fans must 'prepare for the worst'

Former Formula 1 chief doctor Dr Gary Hartstein has warned that fans must prepare themselves "for the worst" news as attempts to awaken Michael Schumacher continue following his horrific ski accident.

Schumacher suffered serious brain injuries after hitting his head on a rock when skiing off-piste in the exclusive French resort of Meribel at the end of December, with attempts to bring him out of his medically-induced coma now in an eighth week.

The 45-year-old's manager Sabine Kehm confirmed 13 days ago that attempts to awaken the seven-time world champion are continuing and will do for "as long as it takes", warning that it can be a very long and drawn out process.

However, Dr Hartstein - who was a key figure in the paddock until the end of the 2012 season - has admitted that the longer it takes, the less likely it is that Schumacher will ever recover.

Writing on his personal blog, the American said: "As time goes on it becomes less and less likely that Michael will emerge to any significant extent."

Read more at The Independent.


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