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F1 legend Michael Schumacher making 'some progress' and could recover in three years

Jean-Francois Payen, a doctor at the French hospital in Grenoble where the former motor-racing world champion was treated, has been continuing to track Schumacher's progress since he returned to his home in Switzerland last month.

The medic warned that his recovery would take time, and estimated that the typical recuperation period was one to three years.

Speaking during an interview on French radio station RTL, he said: "I have noted some progress but I would say we should give him time.

"It's like for other patients, we are on a timescale which goes from one year to three years and we need to be patient."

Schumacher, 45, was skiing in the French Alps last December when he fell and suffered horrific brain injuries after hitting his head on a rock.

The seven-time world champion was placed in a medically-induced coma to reduce swelling on his brain in Grenoble, before being transferred to a rehabilitation clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Earlier this month, Schumacher's son Mick revealed that his father was getting better "very slowly".

French F1 commentator Jean-Louis Moncet told Europe 1 radio station: "I saw his son and he told me that Schumi is waking up very slowly; very slowly.

"Although things are going at a slow pace, he has a lot of time, I would say he has his whole life in front of him to get back on track."

Earlier this year, a neurosurgeon told the BBC that recovery from this sort of injury could take years.

Tony Belli said: "We know that some people can spend three, four years in rehabilitation.

"It depends very much on the severity of the injury, how young and fit they are."

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Michael Schumacher ‘could make recovery within three years’

A doctor who treated Michael Schumacher for nearly six months after his skiing accident says the Formula One star is no longer in a coma, and predicted a possible recovery within three years.

Jean-Francois Payen, a doctor at the hospital in Grenoble, France, that treated Schumacher after his injury in December last year, said he had visited the Schumacher family at home in Switzerland to track his patient’s progress.

‘Life after a head injury is punctuated by stages,’ Dr Payen said.

He predicted a convalescence of one to three years, adding: ‘We hope, but we have to give him time.’

The German driver was with his 14-year-old son in the French Alps when he fell, hitting the side of his head on a rock, cracking his helmet.

MORE: Michael Schumacher’s head injuries ’caused by GoPro camera mounted on ski helmet’

MORE: Michael Schumacher leaves hospital for first time since devastating skiing accident

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Michael Schumacher: Injured ex-F1 driver makes 'progress'

"It depends very much on the severity of the injury, how young and fit they are."Investigators probing last December's accident said Schumacher had been going at the speed of "a very good skier" at the time of his crash in the resort of Meribel.A French F1 driver, Jules Bianchi, remains in a critical condition in hospital in Japan after suffering severe brain injuries when his car skidded off a wet track on 5 October.

A doctor who treated Michael Schumacher for nearly six months after his brain injury in a skiing accident says the F1 champion has made "some progress".

But Jean-Francois Payen, a doctor at the French hospital in Grenoble where he was treated, warned that any recovery would take time.

The typical convalescence period was one to three years, he suggested.

Schumacher, 45, was skiing in the French Alps last December when he fell and hit his head on a rock.

The seven-time world champion from Germany was placed in a medically induced coma 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 Prof Payen still visits him to track his progress.

On Thursday, the doctor gave interviews to French radio station RTL and Le Parisien newspaper.

"I have noted some progress but I would say we should give him time," he said.

Asked about the chances of Schumacher making a recovery, he only referred to a time frame for patients with similar brain injuries.

"It's like for other patients, we are on a timescale which goes from one year to three years and we need to be patient," he said.

Earlier this year, neurosurgeon Tony Belli told BBC News that rehabilitation from this sort of injury could take months or years.

"We know that some people can spend three, four years in rehabilitation," he said. "It depends very much on the severity of the injury, how young and fit they are."

Investigators probing last December's accident said Schumacher had been going at the speed of "a very good skier" at the time of his crash in the resort of Meribel.

A French F1 driver, Jules Bianchi, remains in a critical condition in hospital in Japan after suffering severe brain injuries when his car skidded off a wet track on 5 October.

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Sports Jules Bianchi will not give up after Japan accident, says his father

Marussia's Jules Bianchi "will not give up" despite remaining in a critical condition after crashing at the Japanese GP, says his father Philippe. Everyone keeps asking me how Jules is but I can't reply, there is no answer. "I was very sad when he got hurt," said Philippe. "I kept wondering, like every one else 'Why don't they tell us more about how he is?'. "But now I'm in the same position I understand.

Marussia's Jules Bianchi "will not give up" despite remaining in a critical condition after crashing at the Japanese GP, says his father Philippe.

The Frenchman, 25, suffered severe head injuries when he collided with a recovery vehicle at Suzuka.

"The situation is desperate," said Philippe Bianchi. "Every time the telephone goes, we know it could be the hospital to tell us that Jules is dead.

"He will not give up, I'm sure of that. I can see it. I believe it."

He added in an interview with Italian paper La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I speak to him. I know he can hear me.

"His doctors have told us that this is already a miracle, no one has ever survived such a serious accident. But Jules won't give-up.

"His trainer Andrea says that if there is one person who can make it happen with his will, it's Jules."

Philippe said the family have been touched by the show of support from other Formula 1 drivers, who gathered at the front of the grid ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, arms around each other's shoulders, forming a 'circle of solidarity' for Jules.

"I've never seen anything like that," said Philippe. "It touched us very deeply. We thank every one of them. So many of them have been in touch, written to me; [Fernando] Alonso, [Jean-Eric] Vergne, [Felipe] Massa have given strong messages.

"Hamilton wrote me a beautiful email in which he says that if there is anything he can do, he's there. Rossi and Marquez from Moto GP too."

Philippe also said that he is using the accident of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who continues his recovery at home after suffering a head injury in a skiing accident in December, as a reference point.

"I was very sad when he got hurt," said Philippe. "I kept wondering, like every one else 'Why don't they tell us more about how he is?'.

"But now I'm in the same position I understand. Everyone keeps asking me how Jules is but I can't reply, there is no answer. It's very serious, but he's stable.

"One day he seems a bit better, other days a bit worse. The doctors don't say. The damage from the accident is very bad but we don't know how it will evolve.

"Even with Schumacher it took months to come out of the coma. [FIA president] Jean Todt said he hopes Michael will one day be able to have a normal life. One day I hope we can say the same about Jules."

He added: "It's tough. In a week the life of this family has been destroyed. What are we doing here? Living a nightmare in a place very far from home.

"But when Jules gets a bit better we can transfer him, maybe to Tokyo and things will be a bit easier. But who knows when that will happen. If it will happen. We have no certainties, we just have to wait."

BBC
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Michael Schumacher is 'waking up slowly', reveals son

He needs time and peace.' Schumacher is being cared for by a team of 15 experts at his home. It is understood he remains immobile and unable to speak.His care is estimated to be costing his family 100,000 pounds per month.At the end of the year his father Rolf is moving from his home in Germany into a specially constructed residence built for him in the grounds of the 35 million pound Schumacher mansion at Gland, on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Kart-racing driver, Mick Schumacher said his father was getting better "very slowly."

French F1 commentator Jean-Louis Moncet told Europe 1 radio station: "I saw his son and he told me that Schumi is waking up very slowly; very slowly.

"Although things are going at a slow pace, he has a lot of time, I would say he has his whole life in front of him to get back on track."

Moncet, 69, also cast new light on the manner in which Schumacher was injured when he fell and struck a rock whilst skiing with Mick in the French Alps on December 29.

"The problem for Michael was not the hit, but the mounting of the Go-Pro camera that he had on his helmet that injured his brain," said Moncet.

Moncet confirmed that Moncet was still "fighting" at his Swiss mansion, where he is being cared for in a purpose-built medical suite.

The seven times world champion returned to his home with his wife and children two months ago after being discharged from a rehabilitation clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Schumacher spent time in the rehab clinic after coming out of his medically-induced coma following the accident, which left him with catastrophic brain injuries.

Former Ferrari boss Jean Todt visited Schumacher last month, saying: 'What's important is that he lives and that his family is with him. We really believe that things will get better. He needs time and to be left alone.

'In the past weeks and months, he has made progress in relation to the severity of his injury,' said Todt, now president of the International Automobile Federation.

'But a long and hard road is in front of him. Hopefully things will improve. His family is close to him. He needs time and peace.' Schumacher is being cared for by a team of 15 experts at his home. It is understood he remains immobile and unable to speak.

His care is estimated to be costing his family 100,000 pounds per month.

At the end of the year his father Rolf is moving from his home in Germany into a specially constructed residence built for him in the grounds of the 35 million pound Schumacher mansion at Gland, on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Express
11/10
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BREAKING NEWS: Michael Schumacher can lead 'relatively normal life again'

Jean Todt, head of the sport's governing body the FIA, is believed to have visited the seven-time world champion at his home in Switzerland last week.

The 68-year-old said Schumacher's condition is "improving" but added that he would "never" be able to drive a F1 car again.

Mr Todt said: "We may assume that Schumacher can live a relatively normal life within a short period of time.

"What we can say is that he will probably never again drive a Formula One car."

Mr Todt was the General Manager of the Ferrari F1 team when Schumacher won five world titles with the iconic Italian set-up.

He is believed to have visited the 45-year-old last week before the start of the Japanese Grand Prix, according to Belgian broadcaster RTL.

The race saw Marussia driver Jules Bianchi suffer severe head injuries after a crash during wet conditions at the Suzuka race circuit.

Mr Todt added: "[Schumacher] fights. His condition improves, which is very important as is the fact that he is now home with his family."

Last month Schumacher moved from a hospital in Grenoble where he was treated for six months to his home in Lausanne.

The move came after he awoke from a medically-induced coma and he is continuing his recovery surrounded by his family.

Schumacher was rushed to hospital last December when he hit his head on a rock while skiing in the French resort of Meribel on December 29.

The most successful driver in F1 was left with serious head injuries and needed to be operated on in the aftermath of the accident.

In the last official update on his health condition Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm said the ex-Ferrari and Mercedes driver had made good progress "in the past weeks and months".

She added: "Henceforth, Michael’s rehabilitation will take place at his home.

"Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months. There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead.

"We would like to extend our gratitude to the entire team at the CHUV Lausanne for their thorough and competent work.

 

"We ask that the privacy of Michael’s family continue to be respected, and that speculations about his state of health are avoided."

Schumacher's wife, Corinna, also said in September that her husband was "getting better, slowly certainly, but in any case he's improving."

Express
07/10
12 Points
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