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Dutch royal family leaves hospital after doctor says Prince Friso may never wake up

posted 24 Feb 2012, 11:16 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 24 Feb 2012, 11:17 ]

The Dutch royal family leave the Innsbruck clinic where Prince Friso is being treated after a clinic specialist says the prince may never regain consciousness.

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 (February 24).

Queen Beatrix's middle son, who gave up his right to the throne a decade ago, 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.

The Prince's family have been at his side since the accident .