Schumacher critical after skiing accident

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Michael Schumacher is in a critical condition in a French hospital as a result of the head injury that he suffered in a skiing accident on Sunday.


A statement issued by Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble on Sunday evening confirmed that Schumacher's injuries were very serious and that he had undergone emergency surgery.

It described Schumacher's condition as critical and said he was in a coma.

The statement added that Schumacher had suffered from a "head trauma with coma, which required immediate neurosurgical treatment."

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion fell while skiing in the French Alps and hit his head on a rock.

His injuries were sustained while skiing between two of the Meribel resort's toughest pistes.

Medical personnel attended to the 44-year-old, who was wearing a helmet, within minutes and he was airlifted to the nearby Moutiers hospital less than 15 minutes after the accident.

He was later transferred to the Grenoble hospital, which specialises in brain injuries.



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Michael Schumacher has 'blinked' and 'responding to instructions': Report

The Telegraph on Thursday reported that the L'Equipe newspaper (French newspaper) citing "very reliable sources" said Schumacher has responded "positively" to several neurological tests since Monday. Apparently, the 45-year-old former Ferrari driver, has even "blinked" during tests.

For details visit: http://sports.ndtv.com/formula-1/news/220280-michael-schumacher-has-blinked-and-responding-to-instructions-report

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I've got two updates today regarding the health of Michael Schumacher.

1st update:

Doctors have given up on efforts to revive Michael Schumacher from medically induced coma.

According to a report in German magazine Focus, doctors at the University Hospital of Grenoble in France have run out of options after repeated efforts till last week. However, no official reason has been given yet while Schumacher's family has not confirmed the reports either.

Sources: NDTV (http://sports.ndtv.c...humacher-report) & Standart News (http://paper.standar...5&article=45799)

2nd update (came a few hours later):

Michael Schumacher’s Manager Sabine Kehm rejected the claims made by German magazine Focus, which reported that “insiders” close to Schumacher had informed them that doctors had stopped attempts to awaken the 45-year-old “due to complications”.

Schumacher’s manager, who has acted as a spokesperson for Schumacher and his family throughout the ordeal, has confirmed that the situation remains “unchanged” and has stressed the importance for patience with what can be a very lengthy process. “This phase can take a long time which, much to our regret, can lead to many misinterpretations,” Kehm said.

Sources: Independent (http://www.independe...ed-9151445.html) & ET (http://economictimes...ow/31014685.cms)

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Michael Schumacher has Bahrain International Circuit's first corner named in his honour!

The seven-time world champion remains in a medically induced coma in a French hospital after suffering head injuries in a skiing accident in December.

The Bahrain International Circuit said the legendary racer had been involved in designing the track including that corner.

They said they had consulted 45-year-old Schumacher's family about the idea to honour him, and that it went ahead with their full support.

His manager Sabine Kehm said: "Michael's family would like to thank the Bahrain International Circuit for this gesture, acknowledging Michael's achievements in Formula 1 and interest in the BIC circuit design."

Kehm also said, "We take it as a recognition for his passion for motorsport. I am convinced Michael will love the idea and feel very honoured about having a BIC corner named after him."


Source: BBC (http://www.bbc.com/s...rmula1/26406971)

Trivia: Meanwhile, Bahrain is not the first active grand prix circuit to name a corner after Michael Schumacher.

The fast left-right Turn 8/9 combination at the Nurburgring, where Schumacher won five grands prix, was renamed the 'Schumacher S' ahead of the 2007 European Grand Prix!!

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Experts say Michael Schumacher unlikely to fully recover from head injury.

"It does not bode well," said Dr. Tipu Aziz, professor of neurosurgery at Oxford University who is not connected to Schumacher's care. "The fact that he hasn't woken up implies that the injury has been extremely severe and that a full recovery is improbable."

Patients who have had major head injuries are sometimes put in a drug-induced coma to give the brain a chance to heal; a coma reduces the need for blood flow and may help the swelling go down.

Aziz said doctors typically try every few days to bring someone out of a coma.

"If you don't start getting any positive signs, that becomes very worrisome," he said, adding that Schumacher's doctors are probably doing regular brain scans to look for signs of activity — though such signs may be difficult to detect if he is still being sedated.

Other experts said it was premature to make an accurate prognosis.

"About 90 percent of the recovery is made within nine to 12 months, so this is still early days," said Dr. Anthony Strong, an emeritus chair in neurosurgery at King's College London. "The longer someone is in a coma, the worse their recovery tends to be."

Now that several weeks have passed since the accident, doctors may also have a better idea of how the rest of Schumacher's brain is doing.

"MRI scans can show any secondary deterioration in the brain structure," said Dr. Colin Shieff, a neurosurgeon at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London and a trustee for Headway, a British brain injury charity.

He said other parts of Schumacher's brain that weren't directly affected by the accident might now be starting to show worrying signs that may not have been visible before.

Shieff said that if Schumacher does eventually come out of the coma, he probably would face significant disabilities because of the length of time he has already spent comatose.

While there have been rare instances of people emerging from comas months and years later with the ability to communicate, Shieff was doubtful that would be the case with Schumacher. He said the cases where comatose people made a surprising recovery had mostly suffered things like poisoning, strokes or failed resuscitation attempts.

Source: Fox News (http://www.foxnews.c...om-head-injury/)

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Michael Schumacher breathes without respirator shows 'small signs' of recovery.

Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher has shown “small, encouraging signs” as doctors battle to bring him out of his artificial coma, his agent said on Wednesday.

Michael Schumacher’s condition is improving by the day, a new report suggests he is breathing without the help of a respirator. It has been a whole of nine weeks since the Formula One legend met with an accident and since then has been in a critical state.

Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm issued an official statement on Friday, with a word of warning that any unofficial information about Schumacher's condition is "not valid".

"Michael is out of danger," said Kehm, "But the condition is still serious and so it is difficult to say all the risks are gone.”

Source: http://www.carwale.com/news/12654-michael-schumacher-breathes-without-respirator-.html

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