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Schumacher still critical, no updates planned “for time being”

Jan 6, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

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As has been the case for the last four or five days, there isn’t any new news regarding Michael Schumacher’s health. The seven-time Formula One World Champion remains in a medically induced coma, with the situation still considered critical.

A statement from University Center Hospital in Grenoble, France on Monday provided an update, which more or less continued the reiteration that there won’t be updates unless there is new news. On Saturday, Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm warned against any false or invalid reports.

“The clinical state of Michael Schumacher is stable as he’s under permanent care and treatment,” Grenoble hospital said in the statement. “However, the medical team in charge stresses that it continues to assess his situation as critical.”

“The privacy of the statement 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,” the statement added.

“We again insistently ask you 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.”

The next potential piece of news that could emerge is the status of an alleged mobile-phone video taken of the skiing accident itself. Per the Associated Press, a French state prosecutor said he wants to obtain that if possible. A further update on that front could occur mid-week.

  1. worknman24hours - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    This is normal procedure in a head injury case like Michael has suffered.

    He is, no doubt, receiving the best medical care available.

    Coming back from a head injury like this is usually a case of slow and steady rather then any sudden wow moment.

    We send our continued prayers for Michael’s recovery, concern for his family and thanks to all the medical staff helping him recover.

  2. manik56 - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    I don’t understand why the police are investigating the accident. What am I missing?

    • worknman24hours - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      Michael is a world famous celebrity and while I’d like to say the police would investigate every incident where someone skis out and injures themselves, this case has placed a lot of publicity on the ski course itself.

      Was the ski course properly marked, exactly what was the sequence of events where a world class athlete injured himself so seriously on a ski course supposedly marked safely for anyone to use.

      It would simple to say that the respondsibility for any person injuring themselves skiing belongs with themselves but that is not the case if the course was not properly marked back far enough from obstacles just a foot or two off the regular skiing area.

      I welcome the police stepping in, if only to scare the crxp out of the ski lodge where Schumacher was at as well as many others worldwide to do a much better job of marking their ski slopes.

      The police are even checking whether Schumy’s ski boot releases acted properly.

      There is currently no reason to think this was anything other then an unfortunate accident and if the police stepping in prevents this from happening in the future to anyone else, then bring them on.

      The time to do this is now, not weeks after the accident.

      As far as this investigation is done in a semi private fashion without any media leaks of the cell phone video and Schumi’s Go Pro style helmet cam, more information is not going to hurt, it might help others not get in the same situation.

      I think we’d all like a factual account of exactly how Michael hurt himself so seriously.

      He’s been pretty good his whole life at doing the most dangerous things without nary a scratch and then this.

      But at the end of the day, the most important thing is that Michael is still alive and hopefully will heal from this terrible accident.

      So far it looks like Michael is fighting like hell to stay with his family,friends and fans and that’s all we can ask.

      Hang tough Mikey-we have faith in you.

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