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Doctors: Too early to give prognosis on Michael Schumacher

Dec 30, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher of Germany addresses a news conference ahead of the weekend's Belgian F1 Grand Prix in Spa Francorchamps Reuters

UPDATE (12:41 p.m. ET): British F1 broadcaster Sky Sports is now reporting that there will be no further updates on Michael Schumacher’s condition today from the University Hospital Center in Grenoble, France.

During a morning press conference, doctors in Grenoble, France confirmed that seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher has undergone one operation since being admitted to hospital yesterday after sustaining severe head trauma in a skiing accident.

Schumacher remains in a critical condition as well as in an induced coma while doctors attempt to relieve intra-cranial pressure, and they said it was too early to give a prognosis for him, stressing that his situation is one that can change “hour by hour.” They do not currently foresee having to operate a second time on the Formula One legend.

The doctors also noted that had Schumacher not been wearing a helmet during his accident in the French town of Meribel, he would not have survived.

“We think his helmet did help,” said anesthesiologist professor Jean-Francois Payen according to the BBC. “Without a helmet, he wouldn’t be here now.”

Schumacher reportedly fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing but was initially conscious following the incident. However, his health took a drastic turn for the worse and the Grenoble doctors have said he was in a coma upon arrival yesterday at the city’s University Hospital Center. He underwent immediate surgery.

Prof. Payen said that Schumacher’s family is currently at his bedside. Additionally, Sky Sports F1 reports that FIA president Jean Todt and Ross Brawn, both of whom worked with Schumacher during his dominant period with Ferrari in the 2000s, have visited as well.

Another associate of Schumacher’s is also helping to take care of him at this time. Prof. Gerard Saillant, president of the FIA Institute and noted expert in brain surgery, oversaw medical care on Schumacher after he broke his leg in an accident during the 1999 British Grand Prix.

More to come as news develops…

  1. number1soulbrother - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Skiing is the ultimate stupid honky sport…just ask Sonny Bono. In places like Switzerland, they ski because they need to get somewhere. In the US, stupid honkies like to go up and down ski slopes only to end up where they began, tired, cold and hungry. That is if they make it back in one piece.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      I think you are lying and a racist POS.

    • florida727 - Dec 30, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Congratulations. You’re hands-down the most ignorant person posting on the Internet today. Come back tomorrow and let’s see if you can go back-to-back! It’ll be exciting for you I’m sure.

      If your screen name is any indication, I can see why you’d have that kind of an impression about skiing. People like you probably also don’t have the coordination and/or athletic skill necessary to ski.

      As far as Schumacher goes, my sympathies truly go out to him. 44 years old and as dominant at his sport as ANY athlete in the world. If F1 was as popular in America as it is around the world, this story would dominate every news channel from Maine to SoCal. This guy is a LEGEND in his sport. Prayers go out to him and his family for a complete, and (appropriately, but no derogatory pun intended) speedy, recovery. Get well quick, Michael.

      • foxybrush - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        too right – /number1soulbrother/ has to be lacking in many if not every way.
        lets just hope Michael Schumacher pulls through this x

    • foxybrush - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      This must be where the comment – ignorance is bliss – comes from – or was it just plain ignorance ?!

  2. cmonpos - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    This could either be an Epidural Hematoma or a Subdural Hematoma.

    Epidural hematoma symptoms are usually sudden, right after the injury, whilst subdural hematomas could take several hours to days to show symptoms.

    An Epidural hematoma occurs as a result of rupture of the middle meningeal arteries which can lead to increased intracranial pressure, which can shift the brain to the contra-lateral side.

    Subdural hematomas are due to rupture of the bridging veins and are more dangerous if acute. Chronic subdurals are more manageable.

    Either way, if the neurosurgeons did a good job on initial admittance, he has a very good chance of beating this. The fact that he was airlifted straight to the Hospital gave him a fighting chance.

    • osage44 - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      Thank you for the information. Can’t help but recall the Natasha Richardson tragedy.

  3. worknman24hours - Jan 1, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    People should understand that Michael might have a long road to recovery ahead for himself here and that everyone needs to give the family, the doctors, the hospital staff and especially Michael some space so he can recover as best as he can.

    Less reports but good results reported are better then a tweeter style news update on this.

    Get well soon, Mikey.

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