Experts fear Michael Schumacher could be left in permanent vegetative state?

German F1 driver Michael Schumacher photographed in Bangkok on December 16, 2012
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Experts reportedly fear that F1 legend Michael Schumacher could be left in a permanent vegetative state the longer he is in an induced coma.

Experts reportedly fear that Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher could be left in a permanent vegetative state due to the serious head injuries he suffered while skiing in France last month.

The German sportsman is currently in a stable condition in a hospital in Grenoble after he hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps on December 29.

Despite a positive message from his family yesterday, fears over the health of the seven-time F1 champion grow the longer he is in an induced coma.

According to The Mirror, an Austrian news website has claimed that Schumacher may suffer apallic syndrome or a permanent vegetative state, which will prevent him from being able to speak or feed himself.

The 45-year-old has undergone two operations on his brain.

Mercedes' Michael Schumacher after finishing his final F1 race at the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix on November 25, 2012
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