Prince Friso, nine months in a coma, shows signs of awareness

Prince Friso, who has been in a coma since a skiing accident in February, is showing ‘signs of limited awareness,’ the state information service RVD said on Monday.

‘Prince Friso has recently begun to show signs of limited awareness; a state commonly known as minimal consciousness,’ the statement said.
Nevertheless, ‘the prognosis continues to be very uncertain and the medical team remains gravely concerned. It will take many months to get more clarity,’ the statement said.
In September, archbishop Desmond Tutu told a television show Friso’s wife Mabel had told him the prince moved slightly when she kissed him. The RVD declined to comment at the time.
Mabel used to work with the archbishop through think-tank The Elders.
Friso is being treated at the specialist Wellington hospital in London where he was moved two weeks after his accident.
Queen Beatrix’ second son has severe brain damage after spending at least 25 minutes under snow after being hit by an avalanche in the Austrian resort of Lech while out skiing with a friend in February.
The royal family and princess Mabel also issued a statement through the RVD praising the media for the restraint shown since the accident and requesting the media to continue respecting their privacy.
‘This is the most challenging period of my life. My love for Friso, the support of family and friends, and the many signs of compassion give me strength in these difficult times,’ Mabel said.

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