Michael Schumacher May Go Home Soon, Will Likely Never Fully Recover

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Michael Schumacher is making very good progress in a Lausanne rehab clinic following the devastating head injury he sustained in a skiing accident in December. According to the Daily Mail, the Formula One legend may be able to return home before the end of the summer.

"There are signs that Michael will leave the clinic soon and be cared for at home," said the Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick.

However, doctors warn that the legendary Formula One driver may never fully recover.

"What tortures the public is the same thing that tortures the family --progress is slow, progress is uncertain," said Peter Hamlyn, a consultant neurological and spinal surgeon and expert in the field of head injuries in sport, in a CNN interview.

"If you look at severe head injury victims who go on to make a good recovery -- and I'm not saying all do -- it will always be a story of years.

"The first months are dominated by questions of survival. Gradually as the weeks and months go by those questions of survival turn into questions of the quality of survival.

"It's a rollercoaster and if Michael Schumacher's rollercoaster takes him and his family somewhere happy then they will have been to places that will have been pretty unhappy on the way there.

"But I know they will have been buoyed by all the support that has been voiced."

Schumacher's wife Corinna and his family have reportedly transformed parts of their mansion home in Gland, Switzerland, into a state of the art medical facility to care for him once he returns home.

Schumacher was awakened from a medically-induced coma just last month. The coma allowed his brain time to recover from the trauma incurred after smashing his head on rocks while skiing on Dec. 29 in the French Alps.

Schumacher remains paralyzed and communicates by fluttering his eyes. Doctors at the Lausanne clinic are optimistic that they can have Schumacher upright in an electronic wheelchair — that he will be able to maneuver by using his mouth — in a few weeks.

On a more positive note, reports are surfacing that Croatian doctors Darko Chudy and Vedran Deletis have developed a revolutionary microchip implanting technique which may help the Formula One star walk and talk again after his extended period in a coma.

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Pam Wright