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Prepare for the Worst for Michael Schumacher Says Former F1 Doc

Giancarlo Perlas April 1, 2014

gary hartstein comments on the condition of michael schumacher

Months after the skiing accident that left Michael Schumacher seriously injured, an event which also left doctors with no choice but to get him into a medically induced coma; he is still lying in a hospital bed with no sign of interaction with the outside world.

As a Schumacher fan since childhood, I am among the persons who are keeping track of his recovery. So, when a series of reports saying that the F1 legend is showing a little improvement, I saw it as a sign of hope for him and his family.

However, as weeks passed, very little report seems to be coming out in the public anymore. This led some fans to assume that the doctors no longer have good news to share about his condition, or that developments are no longer continuous. His manager does not appear frequently to give updates on his client and friend’s condition too.

Dr. Gary Hartstein, a former F1 doctor, strongly stated in his blog that fans and people close to Schumacher should “prepare for the worst.” He explained that the longer it took for the multi-time champ to wake up, the less likely that he will recover.

Quoting his statement in his post, he commented, “And whereas I worried more than a bit about what was going to happen when and if really bad news got announced, I’ve realised that perhaps the lack of status updates has given us all a chance to move on a bit, to process what’s happening, and to start to… detach.”

Hartstein further said that persons which are in a persistent/permanent vegetative state has just months or few years to count depending on a variety of factors. Usually, patients under a coma experience respiratory or urinary infections, which eventually leads their body to fail.

While Hartstein’s prognosis cannot be ignored due to his expertise on the matter, we still pray that Michael Schumacher will overcome his greatest trial to date.


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The author is a big fan of cars and F1 since childhood. He is also an avid gamer and writer at heart. Follow him at Twitter via @giancarloperlas

Comments (4)

  1. I check every day and hope to have word about Michael Schumacher. I respect the family’s privacy but we are very worried about him.

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    • Giancarlo Perlas April 2, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Same here, I am always checking on news about him online, hoping that my next story would be about him finally waking up.

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  2. I’ve said this before….I truly believe that this move to get him back home is the best chance Michael and his family have.The sights,sounds and smells of home,probably not what the doctor ordered,but certainly likely to start the process of recovery.Good luck to you all,we’ll be praying for you ,I’m a retired nurse ,and have reached the 80 milestone,,,just remember,home is where the heart is,and Michaels brave heart has a better chance there than anywherexxxxxxxxxxxx

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    • Giancarlo Perlas April 2, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      I definitely agree with you on this one. I heard his wife is building a medical facility for him at their home. So, I hope it would help him on his road to recovery.

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