Dutch prince may not come out of coma: Doc

Dutch prince may not come out of coma: Doc

Dutch Prince Johan Friso, who was buried in an avalanche a week ago while skiing in Austria, has suffered severe brain damage and may not come out of a coma, his doctor told a press conference on Friday.

Queen Beatrix’s middle son was skiing off-piste near Lech in the Austrian Alps, when he was caught in an avalanche. He was trapped under the snow for 25 minutes before he was pulled out unconscious, and has been in critical condition ever since. “Because the prince was stuck under the snow for a very long time, he did not get enough oxygen,” his doctor, Wolfgang Koller, told a press conference.

“The lack of oxygen led to a cardiac arrest, which lasted for 50 minutes. During this entire period the patient had to be resuscitated. This is an exceptionally long period, you can say too long a period,” Koller said.