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Now, fear of decreasing body weight

Berlin: Michael Schumacher is reported to have lost 25 percent of his body weight since doctors placed him in an artificially induced coma to help him recover from brain injuries sustained in a skiing accident last December.

Schumacher’s weight had dropped from twelve stone to just under eight and a half stone in the 83 days since he was placed in a coma, according to reports in German media.

“Weight loss in coma patients is normal,” Professor Dr Kurt Diehm, a coma expert at Germany’s Karlsbad teaching hospital told Bild. “One must assume that his muscles have degraded considerably because of his immobility,” he added.

The 45-year-old suffered a serious head injury after striking a rock during a skiing accident in the French resort of Meribel in late December. He is being treated at a hospital in Grenoble where his family including his wife Corinna, is maintaining a bedside vigil.

Officially, the injured driver is now in a “wake-up” phase as doctors gradually reduce his drug intake in an attempt to bring him out of his coma. Yet signs of a recovery have been minimal. “His family is incredibly strong, they won’t let themselves be discouraged,” the driver’s manager Sabine Kehm earlier this week.