The seven-time F1 world champion suffered the horrific injury in December 2013 after hitting his head on rocks while skiing in the French Alps. Schumacher has not been seen in public since the accident, with very few details being released on his condition. The 51-year-old motor racing legend has reportedly been receiving round-the-clock care at a facility at his Lake Geneva home in Switzerland.
But now Zurich-based neurology specialist Professor Erich Riederer has revealed his thoughts on the German’s condition and his chances of a full recovery from his injuries.
The Professor told a documentary for French TV channel TMC about Schumacher’s unknown condition.
He said: “I think he’s in a vegetative state, which means he’s awake but not responding.
“He is breathing, his heart is beating, he can probably sit up and take baby steps with help, but no more.
“I think that’s the maximum for him. Is there any chance of seeing him like he was before his accident? I really don’t think so.”
But despite this bleak outlook, Jean Todt, a close friend of Schumacher, visited him recently and provided a much more positive update.
The former Ferrari boss oversaw five of the German’s seven Formula One triumphs with the famous motor racing team.
Todt, president of the FIA – motor racing’s governing body – revealed he visited Schumacher earlier this month.
He said: “I saw Michael last week. He is fighting.
“My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.
“But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and wish the family the best, too.
“All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it.
Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he suffered a brain injury when his head hit a rock while skiing in the French Alps resort of Meribel on December 29, 2013. He spent several months in a medically induced coma.
But the sporting legend began displaying “moments of consciousness” and was slowly taken out of the coma as doctors reported “small encouraging signs”.
During the six years since, he has received round-the-clock specialist care at his home.
It has also been reported Schumacher underwent pioneering stem cell therapy at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in Paris last September.
At the time he was thought to be in the care of Professor Philippe Menasche, a cardiac surgeon specialising in stem cell research.
Reports in Paris said Schumacher was first seen by the expert at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital where he is a director of the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute, before being transferred.