Schumacher’s condition “slightly improved” after second operation

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Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Hockenheimring, 2012Doctors treating Michael Schumacher at a hospital in Grenoble say his condition has improved following a second operation on his head injuries last night.

Schumacher underwent a two-hour procedure at 10pm last night to evacuate a hematoma on the left-hand side of his brain. Surgeons took advantage of a “window of opportunity” to operate on the hematoma, one of several he incurred in a skiing accident on Sunday.

Doctors said the operation was possible because the hematoma was in accessible location and presenting minimal risk. A scan following the operation showed a slight improvement in Schumacher’s condition compared to yesterday and no further worsening of the initial lesions.

However doctors cautioned Schumacher is still in a critical condition and is not yet out of danger. He remains in an artificial coma with multiple lesions on his brain, which are smaller in size than the one operated on yesterday, and are being monitored hour-by-hour.

Schumacher’s family remain at his bedside and were consulted prior to his second operation yesterday, which was performed with their consent.

The medical team said the extent of Schumacher’s injuries showed he suffered an “extremely hard… very violent” impact during his accident.

They advised further updates will be given only when there is a change in Schumacher’s condition.

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48 comments on Schumacher’s condition “slightly improved” after second operation

  1. Mikejisung said on 31st December 2013, 10:35

    Come on Schumi!

  2. karter22 (@karter22) said on 31st December 2013, 10:35

    Great news!! I think and hope he´s gonna make it!!! This guy is a true champ!! Even battling death he doesn´t give up! Go Schumi Go!!!!!!

  3. SeaHorse (@seahorse) said on 31st December 2013, 11:00

    Imagine the impact he has suffered so much although he was wearing a helmet! Though he is not still out of danger, glad to hear there is a slight improvement in his condition.

    • TMF (@tmf42) said on 31st December 2013, 14:35

      His PR rep talked a bit about the details and it seems it happened on a regular slope but due to the bad snow conditions the rocks weren’t all covered. And it seems he “just” made a turn but was catapulted head first against one of the rocks.
      A freak-accident quite common with carving skis – when you lose control it acts like a catapult releasing a lot of energy at once even if you aren’t that fast – that’s why these head, shoulder, back and knee injuries increased so much over the last decade among professionals and amateurs.

      I keep hoping that from now on we’ll hear only good news about him.

  4. We must just pray for his recovery

  5. Palle (@palle) said on 31st December 2013, 11:05

    Fingers crossed for Schumi! I hope he recovers fully.

  6. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 31st December 2013, 11:08

    Glad to hear some positive news.

  7. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 31st December 2013, 11:09

    Good news, good to hear his situation is going in the right direction *knocks twice on wooden table*

  8. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 31st December 2013, 11:11

    Very conclusive article, Keith. From most of the reports one without expert medical knowledge couldn’t connect the dots on the specifics of his situation, particularly its development, but from this one I was able to do so quite clearly.

    Lacking cohesion on the subject, I initially thought the second operation was necessary because of what an alleged expert said on the situation somewhere that Schumacher’s injuries could trigger a vicious circle of increased swelling and pressure build-up. I mean, I thought he got in this circle and the aim of the op to “decrease swelling” was because it began to build up.

    From this article though, I get the impression that the swelling – AFAIK caused by one type of these lesions – hasn’t worsened actually, and the surgeons simply accelerated the recovery process by removing the largest one, which – luckily – was relatively easily accesible.

    All in all, great news, considering that he’s so so close to the edge. I really really hope he pulls through. Fingers crossed.

  9. Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 31st December 2013, 11:20

    I will take any tidbits of actual good news at this point, considering we had been told that it was most likely going to be a case of no news being good news. Will give me some peace of mind heading into the new year. :)

  10. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 31st December 2013, 11:30

    Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm gave a little more context to the accident, which might explain why Schumacher went off-piste: apparently, another skiier had a fall, and Schumacher tried to cross the off-piste field to get to them when he hit a rock and fell.

    And according to Kehm, a journalist tried to get into Schumacher’s room in the hospital by dressing up as a priest.

  11. maxthecat said on 31st December 2013, 12:02

    Good news i think. His family might well be in for a shock when he wakes though. He could easily be reverted to a 10 year old, the brain is a funny thing and it’ll take a good few years before he’s anywhere near his old self.

  12. Sohaib Ahmad (@sohebbasharat) said on 31st December 2013, 12:12

    Come on champ. You can make it! All our prayers are with you in this all important fight.

  13. thetobs (@thetobs) said on 31st December 2013, 12:21

    Great news. Hope he makes a full recovery.

  14. SoLiDG (@solidg) said on 31st December 2013, 12:28

    I think this is as good as we can get atm.
    We should prepare for slow slow updates for days or weeks.
    This can take some time. Just hope we can keep getting positive news and he
    can pull trough as good as possible!

  15. How long did Massa’s induced comma take? I know it was a different accident, but I just try to get a reference. Great to know Schumi is in the recovery process. Let’s think positive.

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