Schumacher, former F1 driver slammed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste at the Meribel resort in the French Alps. Reports state that Schumacher was speeding when he hit his head on a snow covered rock after which he was catapulted forward while his helmet split due to severe impact.
Ever since the accident, the F1 star was kept artificially sedated and body temperature was maintained at between 34 and 35 degrees Celsius so as to reduce swelling on the brain, reduce its energy consumption and allow it to rest.
Doctors at the French Grenoble University Hospital are optimistic of Schumacher’s condition due to the fact that the racer was conscious for a brief period after suffering the impact. Sedation levels will be eased off slowly while it may take weeks for the process while at the same time, doctors warned that if Schumacher has not recovered enough to wake up on his own, they may have to put him back into a coma. Once sedation levels are eased off, doctors will be testing to see if Schumacher can breathe on his own, respond to stimuli or recognize relatives. (via)