Prince Johan Friso of Holland has suffered massive brain damage and is unlikely to wake up following being trapped in an avalanche for fifteen minutes on Feb. 17.
As reported in Digital Journal , the 43-year-old prince was skiing with friends in Austria when the avalanche struck. It took rescuers fifteen minutes to reach the prince and a further fifty minutes to reanimate him.
The Daily Telegraph reports on Friday Feb. 24 that Prince Friso, the second son of Holland's Queen Beatrix suffered "massive brain damage". The paper quotes Doctor Wolgagn Koller as saying:
"It is clear that the oxygen starvation has caused massive brain damage to the patient," he said. "At the moment, it cannot be predicted if he will ever regain consciousness."
Prince Friso is married with two children, giving up his right to the Dutch throne to marry Mabel Wisse Smit. The Prince has a degree in mechanical engineering and lives in London. He works for a company called Urenco in Berkshire. The company business is Uranium enrichment.
The BBC reports that the prince was taken to a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria following the incident at the ski resort of Lech. He had been skiing off-piste when the avalanche struck, a fact that some ski experts have criticised.
The Prince will be moved to a private clinic where he is expected to remain in a coma, with the possibility that he may never wake up. He will undergo neurological rehabilitation but the length of time that his brain was deprived of oxygen does not hold out much hope for the family that he will ever regain consciousness.