The first time I met Professor Sid Watkins was in the Intensive Care Unit at the London Hospital in around 1980. It had nothing to do with motor racing. A friend of mine had suffered a serious head injury playing rugby and I had been asked to go and talk to the comatose figure, to try to bring him out of the coma. It is an odd experience talking to someone and getting no response. I was even there once when they did some tests to gauge his responses to stimuli, which basically meant sticking a pin into various places to see what the reaction was. I learned then that it is pointless to speculate about what will happen and whether a patient will wake up, or what damage will there be in the long term. The doctors can only be honest and make sure that the family understands. False hope is to be avoided at all costs.
So let it be with Michael Schumacher, time will tell and all that press coverage of the current situation does is speculate. That serves no purpose for anyone. It either creates false hopes, or suggests worst case scenarios. Neither is helpful. Doctors know that there are certain patterns to watch for, but predicting the future is simply not sensible, which is why they are not doing it. My friend woke up in the end. I don’t remember now how long the coma lasted, but it was a long and difficult recovery process and he was a very different person afterwards. But all cases are different.
It is best just to hope that Michael will make a full recovery.