Michael Schumacher ‘could make recovery within three years’

October 23, 2014 admin No comments

Germany's Michael Schumacher smiles in the pit area after completing his second qualifying session of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix on August 15, 1998.  Ferrari fans held a vigil for Michael Schumacher on his 45th birthday on January 3, 2014, gathering outside the French hospital where the seven times world champion continued to fight for his life after a skiing accident. Schumacher's family thanked the fans in a statement on Friday evening saying they were moved to tears while French media reported that investigators were studying a camera the German had on him at the time of the accident.     REUTERS/Radu Sigheti/Files (HUNGARY - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT F1)

A doctor said there is hope for Schumacher (Picture: Reuters)

A doctor who treated Michael Schumacher for nearly six months after his skiing accident says the Formula One star is no longer in a coma, and predicted a possible recovery within three years.

Jean-Francois Payen, a doctor at the hospital in Grenoble, France, that treated Schumacher after his injury in December last year, said he had visited the Schumacher family at home in Switzerland to track his patient’s progress.

‘Life after a head injury is punctuated by stages,’ Dr Payen said.

He predicted a convalescence of one to three years, adding: ‘We hope, but we have to give him time.’

The German driver was with his 14-year-old son in the French Alps when he fell, hitting the side of his head on a rock, cracking his helmet.

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