Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is “very altered” six years on from his skiing accident, a leading neurosurgeon has alleged.
The 51-year-old has not been seen publicly since the accident in late December, 2013.
Now, neurosurgeon Dr. Nicola Acciari has told an Italian newspaper the former world champion is “very altered and deteriorated” following the accident.
“We must imagine a person very different from the one we remember on the track, with a very altered and deteriorated organic, muscular and skeletal structure,” Dr Acciari told Contro Copertina.
“All as a result of the brain trauma he suffered.”
It is not the first update on Schumacher’s health the world has been given.
In September last year, Schumacher’s former Ferrari boss Jean Todt shared a positive update, saying Schumacher enjoyed watching F1 during his recovery and was continuing to fight for recovery.
“I’m always careful with such statement, but it’s true. I saw the [Formula 1] race with Michael Schumacher at his home in Switzerland,” Todt told Radio Monte-Carlo.
“Michael is in the best hands and is well looked after in his house,” he added.
“He does not give up and keeps fighting. His family is fighting just as much and of course our friendship can not be the same as it once was,” he continued. “Just because there’s no longer the same communication as before.”
“He continues to fight. And his family is fighting the same way.”