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Hartstein – Schumacher fans ‘must fear worst’

Ex F1 doctor Gary Hartstein has commented on his personal blog and advised motorsport fans they should ‘fear the worst’ as Michael Schumacher continues to undergo care after his skiing accident in December that left him in a coma.

The 45 year old former World Champion fell and hit his head against a rock while skiing with his son in the French Alps on 29th December, and entered a coma that same day that he has yet to recover from.

Doctors caring for the German at the hospital in Grenoble where he is being kept attempted to begin waking him in late January but the longer the process the continues, Harstein claims, the less chance there is of Schumacher making a noticeable recovery.

“As time goes on it becomes less and less likely that Michael will emerge to any significant extent.” writes Hartstein, who was a close friend of the German during his F1 comeback between 2010 and 2012.

“I think that serious lapses in judgement were evident during Michael’s initial management (I have this from usually impeccable sources who have access to this information).” he added.

“Because these lapses could (and almost certainly did) worsen the outcome in Michael’s case, it is possible that the staff at Grenoble feel duty-bound to NOT place any pressure on the family to transfer out (out the hospital), despite the terribly dismal prognosis . . . because of the clear (but unquantifiable) contribution of medical misjudgement to that prognosis.”

“I always knew Michael was adored. I spent years at circuits drenched in red by the Ferrari caps, flags, and shirts, and all of that for Michael. I’m still staggered by the depth and persistence of his fans’ love for him.”

I’ve realised that perhaps the lack of status updates has given us all a chance to move on a bit, to process what’s happening, and to start to… detach. And I think this is probably one of the unexpected ‘benefits’ to the media strategy chosen by Michael’s family. Somehow, I get the feeling that people are going to be ok, no matter what happens, because they’ve now had the time to process this all. I just regret that to get here, you’ve all had to work through feeling abandoned. That will go away too. I hope.”

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