Schumacher remains in “very serious” condition in intensive care after accident

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Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, 2012Michael Schumacher remains in an “extremely serious” condition following the head injuries he suffered while skiing in France yesterday.

Doctors at the Grenoble hospital where he is in intensive care said his situation remains critical. They added he “might not have come this far” had he not been wearing a helmet at the time of his crash.

The medical team have been working to reduce pressure on the brain from an intracranial hematoma. They confirmed he had a number of lesions on his brain when he was admitted to hospital yesterday but would not give further details on the extent of his injuries or the potential outcome of a recovery.

Contradicting earlier unconfirmed reports, the team said Schumacher has undergone one operation since admission and added they don’t currently plan to carry out a second.

Schumacher’s family are at his bedside as doctors continue to closely monitor his condition hour by hour.

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84 comments on Schumacher remains in “very serious” condition in intensive care after accident

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  1. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 30th December 2013, 10:24

    It’s just a waiting game now, it seems.

    What an awful way for the year to end. Let’s hope for a speedy and full recovery for him.

    • Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 30th December 2013, 10:42

      @magnificent-geoffrey Not to mention his birthday is on Friday (January 3).

    • Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 30th December 2013, 10:45

      It is truly awful but there’d be no better start to 2014 than to hear he’ll make a full recovery. Let’s hope that’s what we will hear as time goes by.

    • zippyone (@zippyone) said on 30th December 2013, 10:48

      It’s so frustrating waiting, really feel for his family, their waiting must be 1000 times worse than ours.

      Massa made it, these guys are made of tough stuff, lets hope for the same full recovery for Schumi.

    • bananarama (@bananarama) said on 30th December 2013, 11:17

      Unfortunately I’ve been there, sadly everyone and their dog in my family has been in a coma (my mother for over a month) so I’m more or less used to the waiting, still it makes me somewhat sad to see the hero of my youth in such a critical state. He’ll be taken care of very well, this will turn out ok, it’d be good for him and his family if he can be conscious by his birthday, that’d lift all their spirits. A positive mindset is important.

      • @bananarama I’m really sorry to hear you’ve had to experience that! :(

      • bull mello (@bullmello) said on 30th December 2013, 18:15

        @bananarama – Very sorry to hear that, but I understand. We have been going through a similar situation for the last almost two years now with my wife due to a brain tumor and subsequent surgery. The thing to remember is that medical knowledge and technology keeps advancing and no doubt Michael will have the best doctors and care available. The induced coma will help them monitor and stabilize the cranial pressure. It could be days or a week or more before they bring him out of it, so it will be difficult to expect a lot of news about his condition real soon, but that may not be a bad sign. Each brain injury is different and it is too soon to know what to expect. All we can do is give prayers and best wishes for him, his family and the medical treating him. Thank goodness he had the good sense to wear a helmet and that he is so physically fit. I hope he has a full recovery and is able to live a long healthy life with his family. That is the most important thing.

        • bull mello (@bullmello) said on 30th December 2013, 18:34

          *medical* staff treating him

        • bananarama (@bananarama) said on 30th December 2013, 22:32

          @vettel1 @faulty Thank you for the kind words.

          @bullmello I’m sorry to hear that and I wish your wife all the best. These situations are hard, I wish nobody had to go through any of this. I still haven’t figured out what’s the best way to handle it, first I thought I shouldn’t feel bad because the one who is really feeling bad is the one in the hospital bed, not me. But then again that made me think about the suffering of a person I love which didn’t make it better either. In the long hours and days of waiting there is just too much time to think about every single detail so I always tried to stay busy somehow, pretending to myself I was doing something, trying to be positive and that helped a bit. Nothing beats the relief though once you know everything went well (even though sometimes it doesn’t like with my stepfather). Since my first post there has been more information coming through (they have television specials all the time about it, maybe a tiny bit too much considering how many people in the world are suffering without attention) that doesn’t seem so positive, but everything thats possible will be done for him and once he recovers (to whatever degree possible) he will have his family and his stubbornness in achieving whatever he wants will do the rest.

  2. I’ve been waking up and checking for updates all through the night and I’m pleased the worst news hasn’t come which is positive.

    Michael is an absolute legend and an amazing man and, as everyone does, I sincerely hope he can make a full recovery.

    Victory no.92 – here we come!

    • Me too.. I was constantly checking every hour to see what was happening and I had this eerie feeling that the injury is not as simple as it seemed in the beginning.

      This Youtube Video shows Schumi’s car catching Fire during the pitstop. Everybody except him was under panic. Not only was he just sitting cool, he went on to win the race. I remember watching this race back then with a fried of mine who was not a Schumi fan. He was kind of telling me “Look at this guy. He thinks winning is more important than his life. He did not make a single attempt to get out of that car”

      Looks like that Summarizes Schumi !!!!!

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th December 2013, 10:27

    Some useful background information on intercranial pressure from Gary Hartstein:

    • dragoll (@dragoll) said on 31st December 2013, 4:16

      @keithcollantine Thank you for the share. This helps to explain the complications surrounding a brain injury. I guess the facts are, we don’t know the specifics of Michael’s brain injuries it is, and how bad the initial impact damaged the brain.

      I am still hoping for the best.

      Thank you for the coverage on this, it is very much based on facts and helps to take away all the knee jerk reporting that other English tabloids are running with.

      Here’s hoping for more positive news in the coming days.

  4. I don’t really know how to feel. I’m sad, very sad. And I think I don’t have the english vocabulary to say how I am.

    He is the legend of our sport. The star of our sport and generation. I just hope he recovers as quickly as possible.

    My thoughts are for his family. I’m shoked.

  5. nackavich (@nackavich) said on 30th December 2013, 10:28

    Been checking my phone every 20mins or so for an update. Thankfully he’s only had one operation, but he still has a huge fight on his hands.
    C’mon Michael, we’re all by your side.

  6. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 30th December 2013, 10:30

    Well at least the news isn’t that his condition has deteriorated further. It’s frustrating that there is no information regarding his long-term outlook, but I’d guess that there are so many factors in Michael’s situation that such news may take days to appear. It’ll be a long wait.

    I hope he stays strong, keeps fighting, and wins out over this. To think of any other outcome is impossible for me as a massive fan.

  7. I can’t imagine what his family are going through. Hopefully there will be light at the end of tunnel for Schumacher.

  8. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 30th December 2013, 10:33

    This is awful.
    I’ve just read about this on the BBC site. Yesterday they said he was conscious but ‘shaken’ after the accident. Now they are saying he is “fighting for his life”, but I’m sure that’s wrong.
    I feel for his family. What a dreadful thing to happen.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 30th December 2013, 10:47

      @timothykatz – It’s not uncommon for patients in this condition to appear to be fine at first, and then deteriorate rapidly not long after. Some of the early reports claimed he was lucid, but agitated upon arrival at the first hospital, which is a common symptom of this kind of injury.

      Nevertheless, he *is* fighting for his life. He is bleeding into the cranial cavity, the space inside the skull that houses the brain. This is a problem because there is no space for the blood to bleed into, and so the bleed puts pressure onto the brain as more blood enters the cranial cavity.

      Schumacher’s doctors would have opened his skull to relieve the pressure while they searched for the source of the bleed.

      • Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 30th December 2013, 13:32

        I understand. I suppose it’s a bit like ordinary concussion where you feel a bit groggy to begin with and only later start to vomit and lose consciousness.

      • Enigma (@enigma) said on 30th December 2013, 13:47


        It’s not uncommon for patients in this condition to appear to be fine at first, and then deteriorate rapidly not long after.

        If I remember correctly, Henry Surtees was reported to be okay and conscious after his crash, then lost his life hours later. Looks like Schumacher’s condition deteriorated in similar fashion – let’s hope with a different outcome.

    • I believe he could very well have been conscious for a while, until the blood clot got big enough to disturb the brain’s functions.

    • kpcart said on 30th December 2013, 12:57

      I remember the terrible photo of felipe massa with broken helmet still on after his accident, and he appeared awake there for some time.

  9. sushant008 (@sushant008) said on 30th December 2013, 10:34

    Get well soon Champ. We are all praying for you.

  10. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 30th December 2013, 10:47

    Well, we can only wait now and pray for the best. Schumi’s a strong fellow, I’m sure he’ll recover ! keep it up, Meister!

  11. TyreBlowout (@tyreblowout) said on 30th December 2013, 10:48

    Must admit I was never a fan but this is really terrible news and I feel for his family.
    Thankfully he was wearing a helmet which has to have lessened the damage. I’ve read that he would be dead had he not been wearing it.
    Get well soon Michael, we’re all hoping that you can recover fully.

    • Robbie said on 30th December 2013, 13:50

      I too have never been a fan as some around here will have noticed, but this is not about that. This is about a human’s life, and nobody deserves this. My thoughts are with MS and his family and all his friends and admirers. I hope only for the best of news.

  12. karter22 (@karter22) said on 30th December 2013, 10:53

    I posted a comment in the other thread when the news came out but it didn´t make it through moderation last time because I was really upset and used foul language but now I am a bit more calm and now I just feel angry that this happened to Michael. Here is a man that raced over 300 km/h, raced bikes and yet he is fighting for his life over a skiing accident. Life is just so unfair and it really ticks me off.
    I lost my mom back in July of this year and it was very very tough, a friend of mine just lost his dad and he was destroyed and I felt for him and now this… Life is so unfair and all we can do is pray… Please God, don´t take Michael… He doesn´t deserve to go out this way.
    I just sincerely hope he fights through this as he´s done through out his career. Get well Champ!! Please!!

    • Robbie said on 30th December 2013, 14:02

      So sorry to hear of the tough go you have had of it lately. I think the only think that I can really remind you of is that time tends to heal wounds and those who leave us would wish us to live on as well as possible.

      • F1_Americana (@f1americana) said on 30th December 2013, 15:02

        That’s very well put, @Robbie. It helps me, anyways.

      • karter22 (@karter22) said on 31st December 2013, 9:28

        I appreciate your words Robbie and I agree with you, time does heal but it´s still tough and I´m still trying to find my footing. It´s hard when you realize that you are all alone now and just have your brother. I have my own family but i still miss my folks and news like this just gets me even more down than i am now so I really need for Michael to pull through.
        @f1americana , it helps a lot! I agree!

  13. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 30th December 2013, 10:59

    My thoughts are with Michael and his family during this incredibly difficult time.

  14. Tayyib (@m0nzaman) said on 30th December 2013, 11:19

    Hope he gets better soon, were all pulling for you Schuey. You were the best in the world when I was a little boy. Please get better soon Michael.

  15. Marissa (@xaverri) said on 30th December 2013, 11:21

    Awful news for the end of the year! Good luck, Schumi in fighting this race. Thouhts are with you and your family all day. Sad, sad news :(

  16. Win7Golf (@win7golf) said on 30th December 2013, 11:30

    I never was a Schumacher fan, I always was pulling for the other guy, whoever he was, but I don’t wish him harm.

    Just to say that, in my opinion, I always thought that skiing was more dangerous than actual Formula 1.

    I would get inside a F1 car, but no one will never catch me skiing… Best wish for Michael and a Happy New 2014 for us all !

    • Garns (@) said on 30th December 2013, 13:25

      All my best to a man I hold in HIGH regard!!!

      I hope and trust this ends ok, all the best Micheal!!

      Please recover safe mate!!!

  17. I didn’t have a particularly good night’s sleep due to the news, and I didn’t wake up to the brightest of it either.

    But if Massa can make a full recovery, Schumacher can. I again join the flood of support for him at this time and wish he can get back to enjoying the spoils of his very successful career!

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 30th December 2013, 18:39

      Me too, i didn’t sleep at all since i have to wake up at 5.30 am to be at time in my new internship program (8 am), now i just returned home and the situation is still critical, yeah Massa has recovered and i hope Michael can do the same we have to keep always a positive mindset

  18. McKenzie (@mckenzie) said on 30th December 2013, 11:50

    Schumi has always impressed me with his commitment to his family. Schumi has donated millions to charity too, including $10 million in aid after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

    As @magnificent-geoffrey said, it is now a waiting game. Michael, a lot of us are waiting and praying at the same time. There is nothing else I can say expect fight hard as you have always done.

    His family and friends must be in the worst place possible right now.

  19. SeaHorse (@seahorse) said on 30th December 2013, 12:04

    This has been a sad news for the fans of the legend, the fans of the sport and almost everyone who knows about Schumi. I sincerely hope that he recovers fully from this soon! Get well soon Schumi!

  20. Nathan (@il-ferrarista) said on 30th December 2013, 12:07

    Get well soon Champion <3

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