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Schumacher Might Never Wake Up From Coma

Update Date: Jan 16, 2014 11:45 AM EST
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F1 champion Michael Schumacher's conditions are not improving and speculations are that he might never wake up from coma, according to German media. 

Schumacher has been in medically induced coma for the past 20 days. The continuing silence from the medical team is further fueling up the speculations. 

Meanwhile, Schumacher's wife Corina has pleaded media to stop the ranting baseless reports and instead help doctors in doing their work. 

According to brain experts, most health services fail to make the link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and long-term mental consequences. Subsequently patients might fall victim to depression and behavioral problems. 

"If Schumacher survives he will not be Schumacher. He will be (Mr.) Bloggs. And his rehabilitation will only be effective if he comes to terms with being Bloggs - and fulfils what Bloggs can do," said Richard Greenwood, a consultant neurologist at London's Homerton Hospital and at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, according to Deccan Chronicle.

"That's a very, very difficult process to take people through - and many people don't achieve it."

Greenwood was speaking at a briefing on the results of study into long term effect of traumatic brain injuries. His study has been published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry in which his team found that survivors of TBIs are three times more likely to die prematurely compared to general population. 

Around 1.7 million people in the United States and nearly one million people in Europe are hospitalized after TBIs every year. 

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