World worried and wishing for good news as Schumacher fights for his life

31 December, 2013

Fans layout flags in tribute of Michael Schumacher outside the Grenoble University Hospital Centre

Fans layout flags in tribute of Michael Schumacher outside the Grenoble University Hospital Centre

More information about Michael Schumacher’s fight for his life after a holiday skiing accident will be forthcoming today [Tuesday] as the world waits and wishes for good news on the condition of the seven time World Champion.

The SID news agency reports that an update about the German great’s medical condition will be given from the hospital in Grenoble early in the day.

It is not known if the great 44-year-old’s condition has changed since the press conference on Monday, but reports and speculation are rife.

In the meantime, Schumacher’s family – his wife Corinna and two children – are at his bedside, and there are reports that his brother Ralf and father Rolf are also at the hospital.

Michael Schumacher with his wife Corinna

Michael Schumacher with his wife Corinna

38-year-old Ralf Schumacher, who drove for Williams and Toyota until 2007, has blacked out the home page of his personal website.

A French media report said Schumacher’s helmet cracked in the high speed impact with rocks, which has left the winner of 91 grands prix in a coma and fighting for his life with lesions on both hemispheres of his brain.

“The family is not doing very well, obviously,” Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm said.

She hit back at reports that Schumacher, a lover of skydiving, swimming with sharks and motorcycle racing, took one risk too much on the snow on Sunday.

(L to R) Neurosurgeon Stephan Chabardes, anesthetist Jean Francois Payen and Assistant director general of CHU Grenoble Hospital Marc Penaud

(L to R) Neurosurgeon Stephan Chabardes, anesthetist Jean Francois Payen and Assistant director general of CHU Grenoble Hospital Marc Penaud

“It was not an off-piste track,” said Kehm. “They (Schumacher and his son Mick) were skiing on pistes, but in the moment that it happened, it was not on the piste.”

One British neurosurgeon told the Guardian newspaper that if Schumacher recovers, it will take him “weeks, even months”.

“He’s a perfect man, a solid man, an outstanding guy,” said triple World Champion Niki Lauda. “He would not take unnecessary risks. He’s not stupid.”

The Formula 1 presenter for German television RTL, Kai Ebel, agreed: “I have seen Michael skiing dozens of times, but I would not call him a gambler.

Michael Schumacher  with Marc Gené, Luca Badoer and Felipe Massa during the Ferrari Wrooom event in  2006

Michael Schumacher with Marc Gené, Luca Badoer and Felipe Massa during the Ferrari Wrooom event in 2006

“Michael takes only calculated risks, within his precisely set boundaries. I would never call him reckless.”

Outspoken 1997 World Champion , and former arch rival Jacques Villeneuve, however, told French television Itele: “Michael has this need to push himself.”

Schumacher’s plight has united the Formula 1 and sporting worlds, and the wider community in kind tribute to his talent, achievements and personality.

“I only hope he pulls through,” former rival David Coulthard wrote in the Telegraph, “so that he can see all the nice things people are saying about him.”

Until then, the world is hanging on the words of respected medical professionals, like Dr Dino Altmann, the Brazilian Grand Prix doctor.

Michael Schumacher walked away from some big shunts in F1

Michael Schumacher walked away from some big shunts in F1

He compared Schumacher’s accident to Felipe Massa’s near-fatal 2009 qualifying crash, from which the Brazilian made a full recovery.

“They are somehow simular because they are both trauma,” Altmann told Globo. “But the spring hit Felipe where there is larger resistance from bone defences.

“Felipe’s trauma, although severe, was much lighter than Schumacher’s. Even without knowing the exact severity of his injury, we know that he was agitated and not answering questions. This already demonstrates a very severe trauma,” he said.

However, Altmann takes some comfort in the fact that, contrary to some recent reports, Schumacher has only undergone one brain operation so far.

“If he has not had a second surgery in these first hours, it means that the cranial pressure is under control,” he said. ”The more time that passes without another surgery is good for Schumacher. It means he is in the best conditions for his recovery.” (GMM)

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  • SteveisGreat

    Still not very optimistic news regardless… the world and the new year waits for good news!!! I hope it comes!!! Hated rival, generous host, fierce competitor – a man clings to life and I wish the very best outcome!

    “1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, however, told French television Itele: “Michael has this need to push himself.” ”
    *Unlike Jacques himself…* was how the rest of that story goes!

  • Tamburello_1994

    I use to like Jacq.

  • Resultant Asteroid

    I’m hanging on by every optimistic word some doctor says any where in the world.

  • Resultant Asteroid

    Either the doctors treating Michael are a bit conservative in their info and optimism, or I’m too hungry for any good news and not patient enough :-S

  • Hawk

    without the caption, I would pick out who the neurosurgeon is from the anaesthetist, ofcourse the administrator is dressed appropriately.. different.

  • matthew

    Best of luck to michael and his family! Ive been working all weekend and only heard when I came on this site moments ago! Awful news…

  • haha

    Instead of criticising Jacques, he is a bit right and speaks from experience because Gilles WAS the limit. Jacques charishes life more because of that. About Ralf’s website, it was black in August, weird how people go to the “lesser” brother’s website only when it’s bad times. I heard on the news that Michael helped someone out of the snow whonwas stuck, he then crossed lanes between the bleu and red track and it’s in between the both tracks. So yes it was offpiste but not intentionally to seek any danger, plus he wasn’t going that fast. Sabine Kehm said he struck something with his ski’s and then fell over with his head on a rock. The skihelmet, who was a carbon one is split in 2. For all we know if he didn’t have helped that person he wouldn’t have had this freak accident, which is always in a little corner. If this story is true it only shows how kind a man Shumi really is, just like in 2004 with the tsunami and the schools he helped build in Africa.

  • Zombie Jebus

    Weird how they get JV’s opinion! I know they were rivals for a year lol, but that’s scraping the barrel.

    To be sure a second surgery isn’t good news, nor an improvment I’m sorry to say. Good news would have been no second surgery at all. But Schumi is still alive and still fighting and he has a world of support pulling for him!

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