Former Formula F1 doctor and medical delegate tweeted earlier today (Dec 30,2013) that in his professional opinion, Michael Schumacher will likely survive his traumatic ski accident that occurred earlier yesterday in Grenoble France. Jalpopnik confirmed Gary Harstein as one of the authorities on who to listen to and follow as the first 72 hours of his Michael Schumacher's recovery unfolds.
According to Dr. Gary Harstein,
"In answer to the question "can Michael survive" the answer is a resounding YES. Remember that for the moment things are still very dynamic."
Following the Michael Shumacher's press conference held at the hospital where he is being treated, Dr. Gary Harstein posted his professional analysis on his personal blog on what the doctor's and Michael Schumacher's PR team revealed.
"First off, this press conference was rather more reassuring than what I expected. I’ll admit that I feared an announcement of a second operation for persistently elevated intracranial pressure (ICP), and the fact that that’s not been needed is good."
Furthermore, Epstein outlined how the coma wasn't a product of the head injury itself but was an induced coma to facilitate the brain's natural recovery and serve as a protective anesthesia.
In addition, Harstein broke down what was described in the press conferences as "Bilateral lesions". Basically Schumacher suffered one or multiple types of lesions on both sides of the brain's hemisphere. Epstein goes on to emphasize that these type of brain injuries are a "touch and go" type of situation where variables change by the minute.
"These lesions aren't treated specifically; rather, they are managed by classic neuro intensive care principles – maximize brain happiness and avoid brain unhappiness."
In a situation that even has German Chancellor Angela Merkel on notice, information and opinions are flying in every second. But for an accurate professional medical opinion, Former F1 doctor Gary Harstein is a source of unbiased and professional knowledge on the situation.