Michael Schumacher’s condition remains ‘stable’

Seven-time F1 champion still ‘critical’ after skiing accident in France over a week ago

Rolf Schumacher, father of former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, arrives at the CHU hospital emergency unit in Grenoble, French Alps, where his son is being treated. Photograph: Emmanuel Foudrot/Reuters

Rolf Schumacher, father of former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, arrives at the CHU hospital emergency unit in Grenoble, French Alps, where his son is being treated. Photograph: Emmanuel Foudrot/Reuters

Mon, Jan 6, 2014, 17:54

Michael Schumacher’s condition remained stable but critical yesterday, according to his manager.

The Formula One legend is under constant monitoring at a Grenoble hospital following a skiing accident on December 29th.

The seven-time world champion has undergone two operations as neurosurgeons removed blood clots and reduced swelling, with the 45-year-old in an artificially induced coma.

Schumacher suffered the head injury whilst on a family holiday in the French resort of Meribel and, despite being conscious immediately after the accident, he was airlifted to hospital where the full extent of his injuries became clear.

Since then he has been declared as stable and his manager Sabine Kehm has said his condition has not changed and any treatment will be kept private.

“The clinical state of Michael Schumacher is considered as stable and is being continually monitored by the medical treatment administered to him,” Kehm said in a statement.

“However, the medical team in charge emphasize that they continue to judge his condition critical.

“The patient’s privacy requires that we do not give out details of his treatment and it is for this reason that we do not envisage any new press conferences, nor to send out any written press releases, in the near future.

“We ask you again, insistently, to ... stick to the information provided by the medical team in charge or his management because they are the only valid ones.”

While Schumacher is battling for his life after suffering severe internal bleeding on the skull, French authorities are investigating the accident that took place in the Alps resort of Meribel.

The Annecy prosecutor said he will hold a news conference tomorrow.

Supporters gathered outside the hospital on Friday as Schumacher turned 45 but it still remains unclear if the former Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes driver will fully recover from the injuries sustained.

While Schumacher is battling for his life after suffering severe internal bleeding on the skull, French authorities are investigating the accident that took place in the Alps resort of Meribel.

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