Michael Schumacher skiing accident
Doctors: Michael Schumacher remains in critical condition after skiing accident | Sky Sports
He hit his head on a rock skiing yesterday, he's in a critical condition and 'fighting for his life'. He was wearing a helmet, doctors are saying if he hadn't the impact would have killed him. There has just been a press conference from the doctors, they are taking it hour by hour, he's in an induced coma, and has had one brain op.
Something on his side is that he's probably one of the fittest 44 year olds out there, and he got treatment ASAP.
Apparently he seemed okay immediately after but then took a sharp turn for the worst. That's not a good sign, at all. Thoughts and prayers with him, I hope he pulls through.
Ironic that he injures himself on a ski-slope and not in a car doing 200mph.
Yesterday this accident came as a shock for me and many others. I have followed all his career, not always supporting him because he wasn't on the right car but then, you forget that and wish him all the best on these difficult moments. Let's all pray for him. He has done superb things before, he is strong but the situation is indeed really critical.
Hoping for the best for him and his family.
Helmet saved his life. Of course, not going on unmarked trails would have also... but I know those are tempting.
*renews promise to self to get a helmet*
Sad birthday today for Schumacher.
Schumacher's coma could last weeks, months
Michael Schumacher could remain in his coma for weeks, or even months.
That is the expert view of Professor Uwe Kehler, the highly respected head of neurosurgery at the Asklepios hospital in Hamburg.
As is much of the world at present, he is watching with keen interest the progress in Grenoble of injured seven time world champion Schumacher, who is in a critical condition after a skiing crash last Sunday.
Friday, Schumacher's 45th birthday, is the sixth day since the accident, but Kehler told Bild newspaper that the great German's family, friends and fans face a longer wait.
"Generally, it takes two to three weeks until a patient with such a severe trauma can be woken up," he said.
"But it can take days or even weeks until the patient opens his eyes. Unfortunately, it is also possible that the person does not wake up properly."
Professor Kehler said it is a good sign that Schumacher, although critical, has entered a period of stability.
"In a severe craniocerebral trauma, the first hours and days are crucial to see if the pressure and swelling continues to increase. Especially critical are the first three to four days.
"When patients get through those first few days, everyone can breathe a little. But no statement can be made yet about the patient's survival or the outcome.
"If the patient continues to remain stable, you can shut down the measures to reduce intracranial pressure and then dissolve the coma," he explained.
A Paris neurosurgeon, Philippe Decq, told France's RMC Sport that Schumacher will then reach a crucial point in his recovery.
"After a severe traumatic brain injury, if three weeks passes and there are no signs of awakening, then from a prognostic point of view it is very bad," he said.
Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm implied by text message on Thursday that the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver remains in a stable yet critical condition.
"We will not make statements unless there is something new (to report)," she said.
A statement issued by Schumacher's family reads: "We all know he is a fighter and will not give up."
Really hope he can recover soon and not only after months and months.
Media interest remains at fever pitch as Michael Schumacher's coma after his skiing crash in France enters a second week.
Philippe Streiff, a former F1 driver paralysed in a 1989 testing crash, caused the biggest stir at the weekend when he visited the hospital in Grenoble.
The Frenchman told reporters after his visit that he had spoken with doctor and mutual friend Gerard Saillant who said Schumacher, now 45, is "out of danger".
"He (Saillant) said it is a serious condition but his life is not in danger any more, thankfully," Streiff said.
He also provided new details of the German's injuries, including the apparent risk that the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver could be left "hemiplegic", or paralysed on one side of the body.
He also said the nature of the bleeding on the sides of Schumacher's brain endangers Schumacher's speech and motor skills, but Streiff's comments were dismissed by manager Sabine Kehm as "pure speculation".
Kehm insisted her boss remains in a "critical but stable" condition, and Streiff later told France's RMC that Schumacher is in fact in "a stable but serious condition without deterioration or improvement".
It is believed that the doctors in charge of Schumacher's recovery could give a full medical update to the media on Monday.
At the same time, French authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding Schumacher's skiing fall, which was reportedly captured by video on an eyewitness' mobile phone, who said the German was travelling at no more than 20kph when he hit rocks and struck his head.
The authorities issued a statement urging the media against "spreading false information" about the investigation, according to France's L'Equipe.
Nonetheless, the respected Sunday newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche cited hospital sources in claiming the most recent brain scan undergone by Schumacher had "very bad" results.
And Kehm denied that the Schumacher family only reluctantly gave up the 'Gopro' camera that was attached to his helmet. It is not known if the camera was recording at the time of the crash.
"The family gave the camera to the investigating authorities voluntarily," Kehm is quoted by Bild newspaper. "That this was done against the wishes of the family is untrue."
Finally, Dr Johannes Peil, who treated Schumacher in 2009, revealed that an artery in the driver's brain was damaged in that serious motorcycle crash.
He said the old injury should not affect Schumacher's recovery now.
Today the hospital issued the following statement:
“The clinical state of Michael Schumacher is considered as stable and is constantly monitored by the medical treatments that are administered to him.
However, the medical team responsible underlines that they will not stop to consider Michael’s condition as critical.
The privacy of the patient demands that we are not going into details of his treatment, and this is why we do not plan any press conferences, nor give out written press releases, anymore for the time being.
We again insistently ask you to respect this and to stick to the information given by the medical team in charge of the patient or his management, as this is the only valid information"
Sabine Kehm, Schumacher's agent, has issued a statement. I hope this is a step forward, however small...
"moments of conscious and awakening", that's got to be something good, right?
Gary Hartstein is a former F1 doctor, his blog has cleared a lot of the medical technospeak from the statements into plain english, and added his thoughts as a outsider from the medical team around Schumacher.
“Moments of conscious and awakening”!!! | A Former F1 Doc Writes
This is good to hear, there's constant reports in the media that are complete rubbish and I can understand the family's need for privacy. Lets hope he does regain full consciousness
Doctors cautious after Schumacher awakening news
A wave of relief spread through the Bahrain paddock on Friday, as news broke that F1 legend Michael Schumacher has shown "moments of consciousness" this week after months in a coma.
The brief statement made by the great German's manager Sabine Kehm, however, refused to divulge the "details" of the development out of respect for the family and to protect the medical team's "calmness".
Respected doctors, however, were quick to add some of their insights to the news.
Dr Alain Simon, the medical consultant for the French sports daily L'Equipe, says the latest Schumacher statement is "difficult to interpret".
"It could mean he opens and closes his eyes when he is asked," he said.
"People who are in this phase are not speaking and it could be months like this," Simon explained, "but perhaps these moments are a sign of hope."
Simon said the development in Schumacher's condition could actually be very timely.
"In a head trauma with loss of consciousness," he said, "beyond three months is a long-term coma with consequences. With less than three months there may be no consequences."
Alain Ducardonnet, the medical consultant for France's BFMTV, agrees that the statement issued by the Schumacher camp on Friday is "good news".
"Previously there had been nothing in particular," he said. "It was attempted to wake him but obviously he did not.
"But 'moments of consciousness and awakening' can mean everything and it can mean nothing. These are generic words.
"Perhaps he is responding to simple commands: open your eyes, move your hand, perhaps the skin was clamped to see if he feels pain.
"These are the first things we do when we assess consciousness," Dr Ducardonnet added.
Yet another doctor, the French neurosurgeon Philippe Decq, warned: "We must be extremely cautious.
"Signs of awakening is probably the observation of eye movements, followed by eye-contact. This is encouraging and I am happy to hear that but we must be extremely careful.
"The lesions are obviously extremely serious. Anything can happen," Dr Decq warned. "You are never unscathed after a trauma of this severity."
Schumacher's former manager Willi Weber, however, spoke for the world of F1 when he said on Friday: "Thank god. For me, that's the best news of the year."
Bild newspaper reported that Schumacher has been moved within the Grenoble hospital to an intensive care area for patients requiring less constant supervision.
Reports of Schumacher making eye-contact, responding to voices
Michael Schumacher is making eye-contact and responding to voices, according to the very latest media reports.
Earlier, after a worrying three-month long coma, the F1 legend's manager Sabine Kehm revealed that Schumacher is now having "moments of consciousness and awakening".
The news cheered the F1 paddock in Bahrain, but now there are apparently even more signs of improvement in the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver's previously life-threatening brain injuries.
Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Schumacher is making encouraging eye movements, while Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper claims the great 45-year-old German is even responding to voices.
Family friend Jean Alesi, a former F1 driver, has visited Schumacher several times in hospital, and he is now much more optimistic about the future.
"First, Michael responded only to pain, when he was pinched for example," he is quoted by Speed Week. "But that can also be an unconscious reaction of the body.
"During my last visit I realised that something was beginning to change for the better. I felt with the family some relief, a great joy about how things were developing.
"It is fabulous," the Frenchman claimed, "even though the path back to life is still long."
Felipe Massa, a former Ferrari teammate of Schumacher's and another close friend, seemed to confirm that the seven time world champion is now responding to voices.
"I cannot really put into words how excited I am about it," the Brazilian admitted in Bahrain.
"I prayed every day for Michael and they were answered. Now I hope to continue to hear good news from Grenoble," Massa added
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