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Michael Schumacher update: Formula One legend unlikely to recover, says neurologist [VIDEO]

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on Mar 01, 2014 10:04 AM EST
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Former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher skis in the northern Italian resort of Madonna Di Campiglio in this January 13, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/stringer (Photo : Reuters)

Will Formula One legend Michael Schumacher be able to fully recover from the head injuries he sustained during a skiing accident two months ago? A leading neurologist believes the chances are getting low.

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Schumacher, 45, sustained the injuries while skiing in France. He fell and hit the right side of his neck on a rock. The blow was too hard that it cracked his helmet. While his condition has stabilized after he was put in coma, specialists say that it is difficult to bet that Schumacher will fully recover from his injuries. Up to this day, the injured legend has not woken up.

"It does not bode well," said Dr. Tipu Aziz, professor of neurosurgery at Oxford University told The Associated Press via SI.com. "The fact that he hasn't woken up implies that the injury has been extremely severe and that a full recovery is improbable."

He said that usually, doctors attempt a few days to revive someone out of a coma. He continued: "If you don't start getting any positive signs, that becomes very worrisome."

However, the AP said other specialists said that it is still early to make a prognosis on Schumacher's condition. It quoted Anthony Strong of the neurosurgery division of King's College London as saying:

"About 90 percent of the recovery is made within nine to 12 months, so this is still early days. The longer someone is in a coma, the worse their recovery tends to be."

Schumacher's agent Sabine Kehm confirmed in an email that his client is "still in the wake-up phase" and added that it could linger for an extended period. The family of Schumacher has refused to divulge details of his condition in order to safeguard his privacy.

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