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Patience needed to get Michael Schumacher out of his induced coma: Doctors

Published on Jan 31, 2014 7:27 PM
 
Emerging from an extended, drug-induced coma, like the one Michael Schumacher was placed in after a ski accident, could take several days or not happen at all, medical experts say.  -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Emerging from an extended, drug-induced coma, like the one Michael Schumacher was placed in after a ski accident, could take several days or not happen at all, medical experts say.

Doctors started on Thursday to try and coax the Formula One legend out of an artificial deep sleep he was placed in after a near-fatal ski fall in December.

After a progressive reduction of the sedative dose, it can take several more days for the last drug traces in a patient's system to disappear, according to Gerard Audibert, a neurosurgeon at the University Hospital in Nancy, eastern France.

"There is a grey zone (between wake and sleep) that lasts several days, but it varies from one patient to another," he told AFP.

 
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