Jean-Francois Payen, the French doctor who looked after Michael Schumacher for nearly six months following his skiing accident in the French Alps, has stated that the former seven times F1 champion might recover in one to three years. Schumacher was greviously injured when he fell and his head hit a rock last December, plunging the tightly knit world of motorsports into sadness.
He was placed in a medically induced coma since then to help reduce swelling in his brain as he underwent treatment in Grenoble and then in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has now been taken out of the coma and is being looked after at his home in Gland, Switzerland, where Dr. Payen still visits him to track his progress.
Dr Payen, the head of Anesthesiology at Grenoble University Hospital, stated to the Le parisien newspaper, “Life after a brain injury is littered with stages. It must progress, we hope, but we must give him time.”
“He’s in very favourable conditions. This plays a big role. The family environment is anyway best for the patient. His wife is surrounded by excellent advice and has implemented all it takes for it to move forward,” he added.
Schumacher is now being cared for by a team of 15 experts at the family’s mansion at Gland, on the shores of Lake Geneva. He is being taken care of by his 15-year old son, Mick, who is also a kart racer and was with him at the moment of accident, and his wife, Corinna. We wish Michael Schumacher a speedy recovery.