Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher, who has been in an artificially induced coma for more than two weeks, might not recover, according to German media outlets.
Several publications quoting experts reported that because Schumacher has been in a coma for extended time, this could affect his health. One of the biggest concerns for doctors, according to reports, is that if Schumacher stays in a comatose condition for long, it could lead to brain and organ damages.
Mail Online quoted German professor and neurological expert Gereon Fink as saying, "If the injuries are so severe that it would harm the patient, he is kept longer in the medically induced coma. Depending on where bleeding has taken place can lead to unilateral paralysis, speech disorders or personality changes."
The hospital in Grenoble, France, where the 45-year-old is being treated has not released an update on his health for some time now, and this has become a cause of concern for many.
Mail Online reported that German magazine Focus said after speaking to medical experts that the racing legend "could be in a coma forever."
"The sooner an artificial coma ends, the faster return usually normal body functions such as breathing," Heinz Peter Moecke, director of the Institute for Emergency Medicine, Asklepios Kliniken in Hamburg told the German newspaper Bild.
The newspaper reported that currently there are no plans to wake up Schumacher as his injuries are severe. He has undergone two surgeries on his brain after sustaining injuries while skiing on the French Alps on Dec. 29.