Spotlight on artificial coma in Michael Schumacher's case

Professor Jean Mantz, in charge of anaesthesia at the ICU at Bichat-Beaujon-Louis Mourier Hospital in Paris, said artificial comas 'can last a long time, days or weeks'.

updated: January 28, 2014 11:53 IST
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France: Formula One ace Michael Schumacher remains in intensive care nearly a month after a ski accident that left him plunged into a medically induced coma whose outcome remains unclear. After his December 29 fall at Meribel ski resort in the French Alps, Schumacher was sedated and cooled to around 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) to ease the risk of further damage to the brain.

Surgeons at Grenoble University Hospital say they decided on the coma after operating on bleeding and bruising in his brain. They carried out a post-operative scan that revealed "widespread lesions" on both sides of the brain. A second operation, to treat bleeding, took place on December 30.

There has been no update on his condition since January 17, when his spokesman Sabine Kehm, said he was still "stable" and that his family had complete trust in his treatment. Independent experts, interviewed by AFP, refused to comment on Schumacher's individual case but agreed to talk in general terms about treatment options in instances such as his.

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