As reported days ago former motor racing world champion Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life following an accident whilst skiing Sunday. The news Wednesday, New Years Day 2014, is that Michael is in a stable condition following further surgery.
However, other than that there is no change in his overall condition.
His manager, Sabine Kehm held a rowdy press conference, early Wednesday updating news on Schumacher's health. Such is media interest that the session was noisy and fraught and she was jostled more than once. Sabine Kehm looked tired and careworn. This has been a terrible week for friends, fans and loved ones of Schumacher.
Early this week he was in a coma and doctors said they are unable to predict what the future may be for Schumacher, 44.
Schumacher was staying at an exclusive chalet in Meribel, before the accident. He is being cared for at the Grenoble University hospital, in Eastern France, which is used to treating patients with head injuries sustained when skiing.
Immediately following the accident there were reports which indicated his injuries were relatively minor. However, he was quickly transferred to another hospital for specialist treatment. He underwent surgery to remove a blood clot and doctors said at a press conference, held Monday, that he had many lesions to his brain.
Medical professionals are now attempting to reduce swelling and according to Sky News: "The hospital revealed that Schumacher was being kept in a state of hypothermia by controlling his temperature to keep it at 34C-35C (93.2F-95F). He is under general anaesthetic in an induced coma. He's in a critical situation - this is considered to be extremely serious," Chief Anaesthetist Jean-Francois Payen told journalists".
Schumacher's family are at his bedside. Friends have flown in to offer support.
Although Schumacher is in a critical condition doctors told the media he was wearing a helmet when the accident occured which prevented more extensive damage. Later it was reported that his safety helmet broke on impact. Still without the protection it offered it is doubtful he would have made it this far. His 14-year-old son was skiing with his father.
Schumacher is used to "living dangerously", as a motor driving racer, but recovering from this skiing tragedy could be touch and go.
Thoughts with the family.
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