Doctors waking Schumacher from coma


Physicians in Grenoble, France are working to lighten Michael Schumacher from his medically induced coma. Schumacher received a severe brain injury in fall while skiing several weeks ago and his condition has been subject to much speculation. Emergency surgery to remove blood clots on his brain and reduce intra-cranial pressure took place at the hospital immediately following his injury and doctors have used medications to keep Mr. Schumacher in a coma during a critical phase of his recovery. Stories about his situation have been rampant with diverse predictions of outcome. It is important to understand that recovery from a severe brain injury is a complex process which is not always linear. Schumacher’s physicians are seeing positive responses as they lighten his coma by reducing the medications. For Mr. Schumacher, there is a long road ahead much as we observed with Representative Gabrielle Giffords in her recovery from a gunshot injury to her brain. Mr. Schumacher has the support of an amazing wife and family and the skills of excellent physicians. We don’t know if he will return to auto racing, but we need to celebrate each step of his recovery in this long process. Like other people who have a severe brain injury, there is a New Normal which is yet to be defined.

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About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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