London: A brain surgery specialist has reportedly claimed that Formula One legend Michael Schumacher will be a completely different person than he was should he survive the severe head injuries he suffered in a skiing accident in December.
The seven-time German world champion, who retired in 2012, is currently being treated in Grenoble University Hospital for brain injuries he suffered in an accident while skiing off-piste in Meribel in the French Alps.
According to a leading newspaper, although doctors have begun tests on Schumacher, who has been in a medically-induced coma for over two weeks since he struck his head on a rock that left his helmet split in two, however, Dr Richard Greenwood has warned that a successful recovery would still involve adjusting to an entirely different life.
The acute brain surgery specialist, from University College London Hospital, said that if Schumacher survives, he will `not be Michael Schumacher`, adding that his rehabilitation will only be effective if he comes to terms with being `some other person than himself`.
Greenwood also said that this is a very hard process to take people through, adding that they need to come to terms with their limitations - the fact they have changed.
Greenwood was speaking at the launch of a study, in which it found that people who had suffered a traumatic head injury were three times as likely to die prematurely as those who had not, the report added.