News about seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher continues to worsen as he is now being treated for pneumonia. The doctors discovered the infection last week and have administered him with an antibiotics regimen in hopes to mitigate the life-threatening illness. The discovery came at an especially bad time in Schumacher's recovery because doctors have taken him off of the drugs that kept him in an artificial coma since the December skiing accident.
The report first appeared in the German newspaper Bild-Zeitung, and there has been no comment from the Schumacher family. Pneumonia can be potentially deadly, especially for immobile patients in hospitals, because it limits a patient's ability to breath and weakens the immune system. Bild-Zeitung also spoke to doctors unrelated to the Schumacher case who advised that pneumonia is generally treated with antibiotics for 7-10 days and improvement can be seen in as soon as 3 days.
The champ is now under observation in hopes that he displays any deliberate action, but so far, his only movements have been reflexive reactions. Schumacher was in a medically induced coma for roughly a month following his accident, and there have been concerns that he could remain in a vegetative state for the rest of his life. Still, many people counted Schumacher out soon after his accident, but he continued to fight. If his racing days are any indication, it would be foolish to bet against him.