Reports: Michael Schumacher may be in permanent vegetative state
(SI.com) -- Multiple reports in various media outlets are once again suggesting that hopes for Michael Schumacher's recovery are fading as the Formula One legend remains in a coma since his skiing accident on December 29.
The U.K.'s Mirror quotes Jean-Marc Orgogozo, a professor of neurology at the University of Bordeaux, as saying, "Every day, every week in a coma the chances decline that the situation is improving."
It is feared that Schumacher, 45, suffered permanent brain damage that will leave him in a vegetative state, and even if doctors are able to revive him, he will be unable to move or speak. The long term effects of anesthesia can also damage his lungs, kidneys and immune system.
Meanwhile, Schumacher's family thanked fans for their support, and Formula One driver Felipe Massa offered a tribute to his hero. Schumacher, 45, remains in critical but stable condition at University Hospital in Grenoble.
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