This much is clear - Michael Schumacher is in stable condition, but remains in a medically induced coma following a skiing accident on December 29. From there, information on the seven-time Formula One champion's status is dodgy at best, with speculation from a number of sources that all have the distinction of not being part of Schumacher's medical team.

"Unfortunately, I have to repeat any information regarding Michael's health not coming from the doctor's treating him, or his management, must be treated as pure speculation. I also repeat Michael's family is very happy and confident with the work of the team of doctors treating Michael, and they trust them completely. Michael's condition is still considered stable," Sabine Kehm, Schumacher's manager, said in a statement obtained by The Irish Independent.

Kehm's statement follows a ten-day drought of official information, which led some media outlets to speculate that Schumacher may never emerge from his coma. Richard Greenwood, a consultant neurologist at London's Homerton Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, though, had a different concern.

"If Schumacher survives he will not be Schumacher. He will be Bloggs," Greenwood said, using the Britishism for a John Doe to indicate that Schumacher's personality could be radically different when he wakes.

"His rehabilitation will only be effective if he comes to terms with being Bloggs, and fulfills what Bloggs can do. That's a very, very difficult process to take people through. They need to come to terms with their limitations - the fact they have changed," Greenwood said, according to The Daily Telegraph.


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      Steve
      • 11 Months Ago
      All the BEST in Michael's recovery. Wasn't he the Stig in the TV show Top Gear? I hope all goes well for him and his family.
      audisp0rta4
      • 11 Months Ago
      Describing Schumacher's possible new life as "Bloggs" instantly brought Muhammad Ali to mind. He is like a Mr. Bloggs now. But if their respective families can enjoy their presence and smiles, then that's as good an outcome as can be expected. Like Ali, Schumacher is already extremely wealthy and has nothing left to prove in Motorsports. If he can go home to family and enjoy a simple quality of life, he can chalk that up as another win in my eyes.
      Number23
      • 11 Months Ago
      I wasn't very optimistic from the first I heard of his accident. Not many people come back from the sort of head injury he's suffered.
        Deneway
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Number23
        I'm afraid your right. Failure of the helmet to protect is awful
          Number23
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Deneway
          It's hard to say his helmet "failed", he hit his head on a rock while skiing. I doubt it's possible to design a helmet that would be light enough to be worn AND fully protect you from that sort of trauma.
          audisp0rta4
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Deneway
          By breaking apart, the helmet dispersed the force and energy from the impact away from his skull as well as can be expected. If the helmet had simply bounced off the rock, that force would've been transmitted to the next weakest link, which likely would've been Michael's vertebrae in addition to brain tissue, etc. killing him anyway. At least now, he has a chance of survival. Helmets don't guarantee you won't get hurt. They really just do their best to keep the contents of your head within your head. Hence the term, brain bucket.
          gary
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Deneway
          Given his relative young age and remaining earning potential, the helmet company is facing one hell of a product liability suit should he die or emerge from the coma as "Bloggs."
          Casho
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Deneway
          you're
      JoeD
      • 11 Months Ago
      The USA Loves you MIKE kick this in the ass and come back stronger than ever!!!!!
      Avinash Machado
      • 11 Months Ago
      Get well soon,Michael.
      Lachmund
      • 11 Months Ago
      I wish him all best. Get well soon Michael! That said, I'm pretty sure if I would survive something like this and end up severely compromised I would rather kill myself.
      didier
      • 11 Months Ago
      what does "bloggs" mean?
        shawoo
        • 11 Months Ago
        @didier
        Bloggs is just another name for John Doe. In short what the doctors are saying is that if he lives he will not be the MIcheal Schmacher he family knows. He will be a man that has no sense of who he is and where is place is in the world. Very sad indeed.
      Sean
      • 11 Months Ago
      Schumacher's daredevil persona won him many races, and a lot of money, but ultimately it has seriously complicated his life. It is a ying/yang thing. Hopefully he can become a functioning human being again. That is all you hope for. Hamster was in a coma over three weeks and managed to come back. Hopefully Schumacher can do the same. It is going to take a while though.
      Avinash Machado
      • 11 Months Ago
      Get well soon,Michael.
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