Michael Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma for over 20 days now, as doctors at Grenoble University Hospital in France continue monitoring and treating the severe head injuries he sustained in a skiing accident on December 29th.
Obviously, the media focus on the ailing seven-time Formula 1 champion remains persistent and even extreme--one journalist has even attempted to get into Schumacher\'s hospital room by disguising himself as a priest. And while Schumacher\'s family said they were \"deeply grateful\" for the silent vigil held by fans outside the hospital on his 45th birthday on January 3rd, his wife Corinna has repeatedly requested the media to respect their privacy during this difficult time.
But that hasn\'t stopped speculation on the German racing legend\'s condition, with reports last week stating he could end up being in a coma forever. Some medical experts have gone on record with their prognosis, too. For instance, during the launch of a head-trauma study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, Dr. Richard Greenwood of the University College London Hospital said, \"If Schumacher survives, he will not be Schumacher. He will be [Joe] Bloggs. His rehabilitation will only be effective if he comes to terms with being Bloggs. That is a very, very hard process to take people through. They need to come to terms with their limitations--the fact they have changed.\"
Schumacher\'s manager, Sabine Kehm, has thus released the following statement: \"Unfortunately, I have to repeat that any information regarding Michael\'s health [that is] not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management, must be treated as pure speculation. I also repeat that Michael\'s family is very happy and confident with the work of the team of doctors treating Michael, and they trust them completely. Michael\'s condition is still considered as stable.\"