London: Michael Schumacher’s wife is devoting hours at his bedside to try and coax the star out of his induced coma.
Corinna, 44, has been talking to her stricken husband every day, but there has been no sign of response, according to a report in an English daily.
Schumacher, the seven-times F1 champion, is currently being kept under anaesthetic at the University Hospital in France. The 45-year-old has been at the hospital in Grenoble since he fell and hit his head on a rock, while skiing in the French resort of Meribel on December 29.
The anaesthetic is being reduced gradually, while pockets of the drugs that have built up in his body’s fatty tissue have to be coaxed out.
Doctors have told his family that the toughest phase in his recovery is yet to come. They have warned Corinna, and their children Gina Marie, 16, and Mick, 14, that it could take weeks for all of the drugs to be out of his body.
During this time, Schumacher will be under constant scrutiny to detect any movement at all.
Neurosurgeon Professor Heinzpeter Moecke said it remains a mystery how much awareness coma patients have of the outside world. He added: “We are sure that familiar voices, such as those of family members, present a calming effect. They give you a sense of security.”
Rolf Schumacher, his brother, and Ross Brawn, Schumacher’s former team boss, and Ferrari pal Jean Todt are among those who have spoken for long periods at the bedside.
Following his accident, Schumacher was taken to the University of Grenoble Hospital. He was kept in an induced coma state to decrease the brain’s activities, to help it heal. (Agencies)