Update: With the Grenoble Hospital press conference having ended, doctors hope to provide a further update later in the day. Michael Schumacher is under the care of Professor Gerard Saillant (brain and spinal injury expert, President International Automobile Federation (FIA) Institute), and a friend of Schumi.
Please take a moment to keep Schumacher in your thoughts as he is still fighting for his life in an induced coma. The operation undertaken earlier has removed clots on the brain. Medical team and doctors involved are working hour-by-hour. Schumacher remains in intensive care, and his condition is critical. He’s fighting for his life and remains in an induced coma. Doctors did stress, he would not have survived without a helmet.
As per BBC, Professor Payan said: “We can say he is fighting for his life. We judge him to be in a very serious situation. We cannot tell what the outcome will be yet. We are working hour-by-hour but it’s too early to say what is going to happen and to have a prognosis.
Professor Payen: “We have very good medical procedures and we did actually treat him very quickly and give him what he needed very quickly.”
Professor Payen added: “We are in constant contact with his family that are by his bedside. At this moment we don’t see he is going to need a second operation.”
“We think his helmet did help, without a helmet he wouldn’t be here now.”
Yohan Payan said, “I’d say this accident happened in the right place because he was taken into hospital immediately and operated on as soon as he arrived, this mean his state is critical and he is still in a coma and he will be kept in a coma.
“Everything that needed to be done has been done at the moment we can’t really say when he will recover, we cannot answer this yet.”
A consultant added: “He is under local anaesthetic at the moment to reduce any stimulus. It was quite a big trauma to the head.
“What we observed initially was an impact to the right side of the head. He was agitated when he came in. He had some spontaneous movements and wasn’t in a normal state when he came in.”
Professor Stéphane Chabarde said: “I came here not in terms of a doctor but as a friend. I’d like to thank everyone for the support and the excellent medical team who treated him so well.
“I am very worried just like his family, we are very worried about his condition. the doctors won’t tell you more because they can’t tell you more, they are working hour by hour.
“This kind of accident, luckily he’s 45 which is better than if you were older.”
Dr Stephan Chabardes said: “The helmet wasn’t enough to protect him completely but it really did help. We see a lot of head injuries like this.”
A spokesman for the hospital said: “Michael Schumacher was the victim of very serious trauma. He was very agitated when he arrived and we decided he was in a critical situation and he quickly went into a coma.
“The neurosurgical treatment he received brought us quite a lot of information. We had to operate urgently to release some pressure in his head. Unfortunately, he has some legions within his brain.”
Mirror report as follows: Back to one of the doctors: “We think that the shock must have taken place at high speed.
“At the time of the accident he was agitated and not responding to questions.”
He adds: “I certainly can’t tell you what direction we’re heading in.
“Today we wanted to tell you about his current state of health.. we can’t go above and beyond that current information.
“There isn’t a general case. There are a number of traumas from the most benign to the most serious.”
“Fighting for his life … the violence with which he hit ground, if he hadn’t had a helmet, he wouldn’t be here now.”
Now the head of the hospital speaks: “I can’t answer any technical questions.
“I’d like to thank them [colleagues].
“They are working hour by hour.
He says it’s not that the doctors don’t want to say anymore, it’s that they can’t say anymore at the moment.
“His condition is considered to be extremely serious and he’s intensive care.
“We’re working altogether day and night by his bedside but it’s far too early in terms of prognosis.
“His helmet did protect him.”
Will it help that he was a sportsman?
“Well, that’s possible, yes.”
He adds: “We are in contact with the family – his family are by his bedside.
“We don’t intend to carry out a second operation – we don’t feel it’s necessary at the moment.”
The professor adds: “For the moment we are not able to express ourselves in regards to Michael Schumacher’s future.
“He’s been given an artificial coma.
“His situation is considered to be critical.
“He was operated on only once.
“We’re not able to speak about after-effects, just treatment. We’re working hour-by-hour.”
Here we go.
“When he arrived he had a serious brain injury and was in a coma,” says the first speaker.
“He still remains in a critical condition.”
And the professor adds: “He was immediately operated on after the first scan.”
Update: Schumi’s condition from Grenoble hospital as provided above.
Today, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS updated their Facebook page with this message, “Following the serious injuries sustained by Michael Schumacher in a skiing accident yesterday in France, the thoughts and sympathies of all at Mercedes-Benz Motorsport and the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team are with Michael, his family and friends.
We have been shocked to learn that he is in a critical condition and are closely monitoring the latest medical bulletins from Grenoble.
We all know the depth of Michael’s fighting spirit and send him all our strength and support in this latest battle.”
Yesterday, Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm said “the former champion was on a private skiing trip, and fell on his head.” She added, “We ask for understanding that we cannot give running updates on his condition. He wore a helmet and was not alone.”
Former F1 doctor, Gary Hartstein on Twitter said, “In the runup to the press conference, every good doc knows a bit of luck, or a wink from a guardian angel, whatever, is always useful. So…”
He added, “What we want to hear is: 1) off or starting to come off the respirator. 2) intracranial pressure staying normal. If we hear this, we’re ok. Not surprising at all to wait to 1000h GMT. Gives docs a chance to do rounds, see new CT scans, check blood results. That is perfectly fine.
The doctor also touched on the topic of Schumacher’s coma and said, “About the “induced coma”. Lets demystify it just a bit. Any severe head injury leads to a loss of coordination of tongue and throat muscles. So this is the usual “artificial coma”. It IS a induced coma, but in fact it’s like a prolonged, protective, anesthetic. I’m assuming Michael was anesthetised & intubated for the transfer to Grenoble. Heli is too small to do much, so this usually done preflight.”
Jenson Button : My thoughts are with Michael Schumacher at this tough time.. Michael more than anyone has the strength to pull through this.
Felipe Massa : Estou rezando para Deus te proteger irmão !! E q vc tenha uma rápida recuperação Michael !! I am praying for you my brother !! I hope you have a quick recovery !! God bless you Michael .
Emerson Fittipaldi : My thoughts and prayers are with Michael Schumacher and his family.
Sergio Perez : Mis oraciones con Schumacher y su familia!! Seguro saldrá adelante .. ?#?PrayForSchumi?
Esteban Gutierrez : All our thoughts to Michael and his family! Get well soon Shumi! God bless you!
Paul di Resta : Terrible news about MSC, thinking of him and his family. Hoping for better news and that he can pull through ?#?getwellsoon?
Max Chilton : My thoughts are with Michael & his family at the moment. He has always been a fighter so let’s hope he fights to recovery.
Jules Bianchi : Je prie pour toi ce soir Schumi ! Lache rien comme d’habitude. ?#?strongman?
Charles Pic : J’espère que Michael va vite se rétablir ! Mes pensées vont à sa famille.
Romain Grosjean : All our thoughts to Schumi and his family ! Hope you will recover soon. ?#?legend? ?#?Schumi?
Adrian Sutil : I hope Michael Schumacher will get well soon! All my best to him and his family ?#?gutebesserung?
Jean-Eric Vergne : Wishing all the best to Michael, hope everything will be good..!