As per the second press conference, which was held earlier today, Michael Schumacher’s condition is still critical. The doctors treating Schumacher, are still not ready to commit any certainty on the champ’s future, but they did say that his condition is not as bad as yesterday.
The video above is in French, but thanks to Mirror, we have the translation.
We were able to carry out a scan without any unnecessary risk – and it showed a few signs that he is relatively stable,” says one of the doctor.
Schumacher underwent a “surgical intervention” during the night.
“We have a few signs to feel that the situation is better controlled than it was yesterday.”
“It was a difficult decision to make [to operate], but we decided to eliminate a hematoma.
“The level of inter-cranial pressure have improved. The scan does show there are other legions,” says the surgeon.
He adds they are being regularly monitored.
The surgical intervention took two hours.
Is he out of danger?
“The situation is better controlled than it was yesterday. We are unable to say he’s out of danger, however we have gained a bit of time with regard to developments,” Professor Payen adds.
But once again the coming hours are still critical hours when it comes to strategy.”
“The surgical intervention allowed us to control the situation and this morning it is slightly better than yesterday.
“In intensive care, things can go well and bad very quickly. We’re gaining a bit of time,” Professor Payen adds.
Is his wife at his bedside, a report asks.
“His family are still here,” another official says. His wife and two children.
“We’re still concerned and we’re still worried. We can’t tell ourselves we’ve won.
“The situation is slightly better over the last 24 hours, but we must be realistic.”
Professor Payen says: “We haven’t reduced the treatment. He still remains in a coma.
“We still have some other treatments that have to remain.”
“The situation is not the same as yesterday and we saw this over the day,” the surgeon explains.
“The situation is still critical, but it’s not exactly the same as it was yesterday.”
Professor Payen says: “We’re here to tell you what has happened over the last 24 hours, but we can’t tell you what will happen in the future.
“He’s kept in an artificial coma. It will last for the time we think necessary.”
“No forecasts for the moment,” Professor Payen adds.
He says Schumacher will not be transferred to Germany at the moment.
“With the support that we have from a large medical community, we believe we should keep him here,” he says.
“We do have a medical strategy, which is to correct a number of anomalies that continue.
“We want to give ourselves some time which was not the case yesterday.”
“The intervention took place at 22:00 last night,” the surgeon says.
He says the family were, of course, consulted ahead of surgery.
“We tell the family what the risks are, what the potential risks are, before a final decision is made.”
“There is still a lot of hemorrhaging,” the surgeon warns.
The press conference is drawing to a close, but the underlying message is that there has been a slight improvement over the last 24 hours, but Schumacher is still in a critical condition.
He had a second operation at 10pm last night and medical experts at the Grenoble hospital are still monitoring him very closely.
Schumacher remains in an induced coma and will remain at the hospital for the foreseeable future – not yet returning to Germany.
Another medical expert says: “When he was admitted on Sunday, there was a scar. In fact, the cranial bone was effected.
“We could not see whether the helmet was broken or not.”
That was following a question about whether the helmet had been damaged.
“We are slightly less worried than we were yesterday. You have to allow the medical team to work,” says a hospital official.
“We’ll have another press conference if there is some news.”
“We are still concerned and we are still worried. We can’t tell ourselves that we have won.
“There are highs and lows and the situation is slightly better than yesterday but we must be realistic and the whole family is well aware of the situation and very sensitive to everything that is done.”
“He still remains in a coma and for the moment there is absolutely no question of evaluating him form a neurological point of view and seeing how he will be when he wakes up.
“At the moment we still have some other problems, some other treatments that have to remain.
“The situation is still critical but the situation is not exactly the same as it was yesterday.
“He is is in a state of hypothermia and he’s kept in an artificial coma. How long could that last? It will last the time that we judge to be necessary.”
But he won’t be moved from Grenoble right now.
“For the moment to envisage a transfer would be dangerous due to his medical condition which is still very fragile,” they added.
“At the moment with the work that we are carrying out as a medical team, I would say that with the support that we have from the larger medical community, we feel it is important for him to be here.”
And here’s a video from the press conference, which finished around half-an-hour ago.
It’s clear Schumacher is still in a very serious condition and the doctors underlined that the next few hours are critical.
He remains in an induced coma and underwent a second operation last night.