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Schumacher’s Condition Improves Slightly, Doctors Say


By JOHN F. BURNS
Published: December 31, 2013



LONDON — Doctors treating Michael Schumacher for the brain injuries he sustained in a skiing accident in the French Alps said Tuesday that there was “a slight improvement” in his condition after an overnight operation.


But they said the 44-year-old former grand prix driver, the most successful in the century-long history of the sport, remained in critical condition, with extensive blood clots in his brain that were inaccessible to further surgery.

The two-hour operation at a hospital in the French city of Grenoble, the second surgical procedure since Schumacher’s accident on Sunday, was undertaken to remove a large hematoma, or blood clot, on the left outer side of his brain, the opposite side to Sunday’s surgery, the doctors said.

The second operation, begun at 10 p.m. on Monday, had achieved “a relatively good result,” they said, removing the hematoma and somewhat lowering the pressures within Schumacher’s brain, leaving him in a “relatively stable” condition.

But Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, a member of the surgical team, said that Schumacher, a seven-time winner of the world drivers’ championship in Formula One, remained in a critical condition. It could be days or weeks, he said, if Schumacher survives, before any assessment could be made about whether he had suffered any permanent brain damage when he skied at high speed into a rock on a snowfield at the resort of Méribel, close to the Swiss and Italian borders with France.

“We can’t say he is out of danger,” Dr. Payen said, “but we have gained a bit of time.”

The French doctor, who is the head of intensive care at the Grenoble University Hospital Center, where the operation was performed, said that “the coming hours are still critical.” The remaining hematomas, described as being widely spread through Schumacher’s brain and too deep to be reached by surgery, meant that it was impossible for the medical team to predict any outcome, he added.

“Things can change very quickly, in a bad way or a good way,” Dr. Payen said.

At a news conference at the Grenoble hospital, the medical team said the decision to operate a second time, following the emergency operation to relieve pressure on his brain as soon as Schumacher arrived at the hospital by helicopter about 90 minutes after his accident, had been had undertaken with the consent of his family.

Schumacher’s wife, Corinna, and his two teenage children, Gina-Maria, 16, and Mick, 14, have been at his bedside since the hours immediately after the accident.

Many in the racing world turned to the question of how Schumacher could suffer such serious head injuries while engaging in one of his family pastimes after surviving a career spanning 21 years in Formula One, a sport where speeds of 200 miles an hour are common. His most serious racing injury was a broken leg sustained in a crash in his Ferrari in 1999.

One account, on the front page of The Times of London, was that Schumacher, whose 45th birthday falls on Friday, would have had to have been skiing at between 60 and 100 kilometers an hour — equivalent to between 37 and 62 miles an hour — when he struck the rock. The account quoted unidentified sources in Grenoble as saying the fact that his helmet split on impact indicated that he would have had to be traveling at very high speed, a conclusion that appeared to gain support from the medical team, which described the impact as having been “very violent.”

Resort officials at Méribel said Schumacher, who has a chalet nearby, had been skiing with his son in an off-trail area between two of the resort’s main ski runs when he fell and struck his head on the rock. On Sunday, the officials said, the snowfall in parts of the snowfield was unusually shallow, with some of larger rocks covered with a thin dusting of snow that could have deceived him.

At Tuesday’s news conference, doctors said Schumacher would remain in a medically induced coma — a common treatment in cases of severe head injury — for the immediate future and possibly much longer, with hour-by-hour assessments of the degree to which the swelling of the brain was receding.

Some of Schumacher’s rivals from his Formula One years said that they considered it unsurprising that he would have chosen a style of skiing that emphasized speed, daring and agility. As a driver, Schumacher was known for his aggressive, win-at-all-costs style, and had a history of on- and off-track confrontations with other drivers.

Apart from the 1999 accident in which he broke his leg, he emerged unscathed from several other high-speed crashes. In this, he was a beneficiary, like other drivers, from the vastly improved safety measures in Formula One, many of them adopted after the fatal accident involving the Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna at the Imola track in Italy in May 1994.

Schumacher, then challenging Senna for supremacy in the sport, was running immediately behind Senna when the Brazilian veered off the track.

There has been no fatality in Formula One since.

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Prayers out to Schumi and his family. While some claim he lived a life on edge, that us not fair. He drove at the top of his profession using calculated risk.. this unfortunate accident was the unfortunate result of spending quality time with his son.

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German media report says Michael Schumacher 'not responding to stimuli'


Schumacher beginning seventh week in coma following Dec. 29 skiing accident

It has been two weeks since doctors started trying to wake Michael Schumacher, but the Formula One legend remains in a coma.

That is the news of the German daily Bild-Zeitung, reporting that while the seven-time world champion has often presented reflex twitches since the anesthetic was reduced, Schumacher is still not responding to deliberate stimuli.

However, Bild said the former Mercedes and Ferrari driver's wife, Corinna, who is at his bedside on a daily basis, is following the doctors' advice by continually talking to the 45-year-old driver, as there is evidence it can help a patient in Schumacher's condition.

The report also claimed the newly retired Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn, who worked closely with Schumacher during the ultra-successful Ferrari era, visited the famous driver's bedside, slipping in almost unnoticed by the media last Thursday through the staff entrance.

Meanwhile, it is believed that French investigators into the skiing accident are preparing to reveal their findings, with Bild citing “legal sources” in believing the file will simply be closed.


Read more: German media report says Michael Schumacher 'not responding to stimuli' - Autoweek

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The new Top Gear series started last night on BBC America and Jeremy Clarkson talked about the accident saying that everybody at TG sent their best wishes; the audience broke out in a round of applause in support which was nice.

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Camera attached to helmet at fault for Schumacher's injury, report says

According to investigation, camera compromised integrity of helmet

By: Autoweek Staff on February 16, 2014



According to an investigation, the reason for Michael Schumacher's head injury after falling while skiing was a bad helmet.

In particular, a helmet that had been compromised after a camera was affixed to it.

The Liberty Voice is reporting that Schumacher's helmet malfunctioned because of a camera on top of it.

“The detailed investigation showed no sign of malfunction with regard to his equipment, but new evidence reveals that the helmet which sent the champion into a medically induced coma could have exploded because of the head camera installed on it,” the Liberty Voice report said. “Investigators revealed that the camera weakened the helmet, ultimately causing it to break when Schumacher fell and smashed his head on a rock.”

According to the report, prosecutors are expected to clear the French resort of Meribel, as well as the manufacturers of Schumacher's ski equipment. In light of the recent investigation, though, attention is now on the head camera.


Read more: Could Michael Schumacher's tragic accident have been caused by the camera affixed to his helmet? At least one report says so. - Autoweek

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Michael Schumacher has ‘moments of consciousness and awakening’

Schumacher has been in a coma since a skiing accident in December
By: Adam Cooper on 4/04/2014



Michael Schumacher’s agent Sabine Kehm has said that the former Formula One world champion has experienced “moments of consciousness and awakening” in the most positive message yet to emerge since the December accident.

The statement reads, “Michael is making progress on his way. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening. We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident.

“We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies. At the same time, we again ask for understanding that we do not intend to disclose details. This is necessary to protect the privacy of Michael and his family, and to enable the medical team to work in full calmness.”

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Michael Schumacher has ‘moments of consciousness and awakening’

Schumacher has been in a coma since a skiing accident in December
By: Adam Cooper on 4/04/2014



Michael Schumacher’s agent Sabine Kehm has said that the former Formula One world champion has experienced “moments of consciousness and awakening” in the most positive message yet to emerge since the December accident.

The statement reads, “Michael is making progress on his way. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening. We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident.

“We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies. At the same time, we again ask for understanding that we do not intend to disclose details. This is necessary to protect the privacy of Michael and his family, and to enable the medical team to work in full calmness.”
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This is a sad commentary that is a re-occuring situation in the lives of wealthy men in their post-retirement years.

I am skeptical of his full recovery, but have no doubt he will pull through albeit a changed man.

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This is a sad commentary that is a re-occuring situation in the lives of wealthy men in their post-retirement years.

I am skeptical of his full recovery, but have no doubt he will pull through albeit a changed man.
This was family skiing, not a uber wealth adventure of a trek up K2 or heli-skiing off Mt McKinley

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4 months in med induced coma will have serious reprocussions. I hope he regains conciousness but the result may not be pretty. It is a super sad situation. Cherish life while you have it for it can change in the blink of an eye!


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Michael Schumacher ski accident critical condition

In 2010, I was in a medically induced coma for 19 days. When I awoke, I was faced with severe muscle atrophy. I had to learn to walk again and full recover was approx 1 year. Physical Therapy everyday. It was tough and painful. Michael, has a really tough road ahead and that's if he hasn't sustained any cognitive damage. With that said, I wish him the best!!


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I know I was following this. Haven't seen an update yet. He's out of his coma and on the road to a long long recovery. I wish him a speedy, successful recovery!!


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Last I heard his wife is selling their private jet?

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Last I heard his wife is selling their private jet?
Don't think it us to raise money, but rather what is the need.

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