A leading neurosurgeon believes Michael Schumacher will not be responding to his family and is in a “vegetative state”.
Formula One legend Schumacher was involved in a serious skiing accident in 2013 with very few updates ever provided on his condition.
He has not been seen in public since the incident with the seven-time world champion believed to have suffered a life-changing brain injury.
A documentary on Schumacher on French television delved deeper into what happened though it’s believed the German will never return to how he was.
"I think he's in a vegetative state, which means he's awake but not responding," Erich Riederer, a renowned surgeon based in Zurich, said.
"He is breathing, his heart is beating, he can probably sit up and take baby steps with help, but no more.
"I think that's the maximum for him. Is there any chance of seeing him like he was before his accident? I really don't think so."
Former Ferrari boss Jean Todt recently saw Schumacher and revealed the 51-year-old is doing all he can to recover.
Inside Michael Schumacher's secret health battle after F1 legend's ski accident
Schumacher won 91 races for Ferrari with Todt overseeing five of his seven titles as team principal for Ferrari.
Todt said: "I saw Michael last week. He is fighting.
"My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.
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But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.
"All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it."
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