New Delhi: At a time when F1 fans across the world are praying for the speedy recovery of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, Dr Gary Hartstein - a former medical delegate for the Formula 1 World Championship, isn't too convinced with his recovery.
According to a report published in The Daily Star, Hartstein, who has known Schumi since his early racing days, said that the reality is that the 45-year-old's chances of regaining any semblance of normality are virtually non-existent.
"As time goes on it becomes less and less likely that Michael will emerge to any significant extent."
He further added, "Life expectancy for a comatose patient who does not improve neurologically is measured in months to a relatively few years."
If reports are to be believed, Schumi's weekly medical bill comes close to 100,000 pounds a week.
Five weeks ago, Schumacher was moved from a Lausanne rehabilitation centre to the extraordinary custom-built clinic in the grounds of his 35 million ($71.5 million) mansion in Gland, on the shores of Switzerland's Lake Geneva. The clinic is staffed round the clock by a 15-strong team specially trained by the Lausanne clinic to care for German legend.
The F1 legend suffered serious brain injuries, when he crashed into rocks while on a skiing vacation in the French resort of Meribel on December 29.
The doctors performed two operations to relieve pressure on his brain and remove blood clots in the days following his accident.
Schumacher's family had announced in June that he was no longer in medically induced coma.