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.