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Schumacher's Skiing Accident - News Reports & Updates


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On 29 December 2013, Michael Schumacher crashed while skiing in Meribel in the French Alps. He suffered a severe head injury and was placed in a medically induced coma. While this website is very much Anti Schumacher in regards to his Formula One career, we would not have wished this upon him. We wish him well and hope he can eventually make a full recovery. Each news story on this page comes from the BBC News website, with links to the full story.

F1 legend Michael Schumacher 'out of coma' - 16 June 2014
Schumacher has 'conscious moments' - 4 April 2014
Schumacher condition shows 'encouraging signs' - 12 March 2014
'No wrongdoing' in Schumacher fall - 17 February 2014
French doctors work to bring Schumacher out of coma - 30 January 2014
Schumacher was travelling at speed of 'very good skier' - 8 January 2014
Schumacher fans hold birthday vigil for injured driver
Schumacher's condition improves - 31 December 2013
Michael Schumacher's family in bedside vigil after ski accident - 31 December 2013
Michael Schumacher 'fighting for life' after ski accident - 30 December 2013
Michael Schumacher injured in skiing accident in France - 29 December 2013

F1 legend Michael Schumacher 'out of coma' - 16 June 2014

F1 champion Michael Schumacher has left hospital in Grenoble and is no longer in a coma, his family says. The 45-year-old has been transferred to Lausanne university hospital in Switzerland, officials there say. Schumacher was placed in a medically induced coma after suffering a severe head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps on 29 December. His family thanked people who had sent messages of support, saying: "We are sure it helped him."

They also praised the "excellent job" of medical staff at the hospital in Grenoble, in south-east France. Doctors had kept the seven-time champion in a coma to help reduce swelling in his brain. "Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore," Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement on behalf of his family on Monday. "For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye," she said, without giving further details.

Relatives have previously warned that "it was clear from the start that this will be a long and hard fight for Michael".

He will have a team of specialists, and his own private accommodation, and he will be much closer to his family home on the shores of Lake Geneva, our correspondent says. But it is not clear what Schumacher's condition is and his process of recovery is still expected to be a long one, she adds. Monday's statement was the first substantial update since early April when Ms Kehm said the German racing driver was showing "moments of consciousness and awakening."

Neurosurgeon Tony Belli told the BBC that rehabilitation from this sort of injury could take months or years. "We know that some people can spend three, four years in rehabilitation," he said. "It depends very much on the severity of the injury, how young and fit they are."

Meanwhile, the German football team sent their wishes to the F1 legend from the World Cup in Brazil at the weekend. Lukas Podolski, the Arsenal striker, told a news conference: "I'd like to greet a good friend, who unfortunately is unable to be here. He is Michael Schumacher. He is just as crazy about football as all of us. We wish his family a lot of strength. If we win the title, that would be something that would make him happy."

The BBC's James Allen says the reaction from the F1 world has been enormously positive on one level, but the lack of specific details about his condition has left a question mark for many people.

The Mercedes team, for which Schumacher raced in the last three years of his career, posted on Twitter: "Encouraging news on Michael's condition this morning. We couldn't ask for a better start to the week."

Ferrari's Renato Bisignani told the BBC: "My reaction is one of overwhelming joy. There is not one day when we haven't thought of Michael, followed his progress and remembered him."

Investigators probing last December's accident said Schumacher had been going at the speed of "a very good skier" at the time of his crash in the resort of Meribel. He had been skiing off-piste when he fell and hit a rock, investigators said.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-27868787

Schumacher has 'conscious moments' - 4 April 2014

F1 champion Michael Schumacher is showing "moments of consciousness" after months in a coma, his agent has said. Sabine Kehm said in a statement to the media that he was "making progress", adding that they remain "confident".

Doctors in France have been working to bring the seven-time champion out of a medically induced coma. The 45-year-old German suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps on 29 December. "We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble," Ms Kehm said in the statement. "We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies. At the same time we again ask for understanding that we do not intend to disclose details."

Last month Schumacher's relatives said in a statement that he had been showing "small, encouraging signs". Investigators probing the accident said Schumacher had been going at the speed of "a very good skier" at the time of his crash in the resort of Meribel. He had been skiing off-piste when he fell and hit a rock, investigators said.

Experts reconstructed events leading up to the crash after examining Schumacher's skiing equipment and viewing footage filmed on a camera attached to his helmet.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26885624

Schumacher condition shows 'encouraging signs' - 12 March 2014

Injured Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher has been showing "small, encouraging signs" in his fight for recovery, his family says. "We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up," the relatives said in a statement.

Doctors in France have been working to bring the seven-time champion out of a medically induced coma. The 45-year-old German suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps on 29 December. He has been kept in a coma to help reduce the swelling in his brain. On Wednesday, Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, released a statement on behalf of his family because of "an increasing interest in [his] condition in light of the start of the Formula 1 season".

The family praised the efforts of the French doctors at Grenoble hospital, but also warned that "it was clear from the start that this will be a long and hard fight for Michael. We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up. There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient," the statement added.

Investigators probing the accident said Schumacher had been going at the speed of "a very good skier" at the time of his crash in the resort of Meribel. He had been skiing off-piste when he fell and hit a rock, investigators said. Experts reconstructed events leading up to the crash after examining Schumacher's skiing equipment and viewing footage filmed on a camera attached to his helmet.

Family statement in full:

"We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up. There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient.

Michael has suffered severe injuries. It is very hard to comprehend for all of us that Michael, who had overcome a lot of precarious situations in the past, has been hurt so terribly in such a banal situation.

It was clear from the start that this will be a long and hard fight for Michael. We are taking this fight on together with the team of doctors, whom we fully trust. The length of the process is not the important part for us.

It is heart-warming to see how much sympathy his family is shown and I can say that the family is extremely grateful for it. However, it should not be forgotten that Michael's family is dealing with an extremely intimate and fragile situation. And I would like to remind all of us that Michael has always actively kept his family out of the public eye and consequently protected their private lives.

We try to channel all the energies we have toward Michael and we firmly believe that this will help him. And we believe that he will also win this fight."

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26541565

'No wrongdoing' in Schumacher fall - 17 February 2014

The French prosecutor investigating Michael Schumacher's skiing accident says he has found no evidence of wrongdoing and has closed the probe. Patrick Quincy said that the markers and information given at the Meribel resort where the accident happened conformed to French laws. The 45-year-old German Formula 1 legend has been in intensive care since the incident on 29 December. He was skiing off-piste when he fell and hit his head on a rock. Investigators found that the rock which caused him to fall was 10.4m (34 feet) away from the rock on which he hit his head. Both the rocks were more than 4m from the edge of the piste.

The seven-time world racing champion remains in hospital in Grenoble. His spokeswoman said on 30 January that the medical team were reducing his sedation to prepare to gradually bring him out of a coma.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26225454

French doctors work to bring Schumacher out of coma - 30 January 2014

Doctors treating injured Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher are reducing his sedation to prepare to bring him out of a coma, his manager says. This step will allow the "waking up process" to start, Sabine Kehm said in a statement. But bringing the seven-times champion out of the coma "could take a long time", she added.

Schumacher suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps on 29 December. He was put into a medically induced coma by his doctors at a clinic in Grenoble following operations to remove blood clots from his brain. Doctors have kept the 45-year-old German asleep to help reduce the swelling. Ms Kehm was approached by the media for comment on Schumacher's condition on Wednesday - exactly a month after his crash. She said then that his condition remained "stable".

In her statement on Thursday, she said it had been agreed to communicate details of his sedation "only once this process was consolidated". The statement again included an appeal by Schumacher's family for privacy for them and for his doctors, while at the same time expressing "sincere appreciation for the worldwide sympathy".

At his bedside since the accident, the family have received hundreds of letters and gifts from around the world. Earlier this month, investigators probing the accident said Schumacher had been going at the speed of "a very good skier" at the time of his crash in the resort of Meribel. He had been skiing 8m off-piste when he fell and hit a rock, investigators said. Experts reconstructed events leading up to the crash after examining Schumacher's skiing equipment and viewing footage filmed on a camera attached to his helmet.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25963926

Schumacher was travelling at speed of 'very good skier' - 8 January 2014

Footage from Michael Schumacher's helmet camera shows him going at the speed of "a very good skier" when he hit a rock and fell, investigators say. Investigators probing the former F1 driver's accident said he was eight metres off-piste when he crashed. Prosecutor Patrick Quincy said he could not as yet estimate the 45-year-old's speed but said it was "not an important element of the investigation".

Schumacher suffered a severe head injury in the 29 December accident. He is currently in a medically induced coma at a clinic in Grenoble where doctors describe his condition as critical but stable. Fans gathered outside the hospital on 3 January to mark the racing legend's 45th birthday.

Speaking at a news conference in the French city of Albertville, the investigating team said they had so far attended the scene of the accident in the resort of Meribel, spoken to witnesses and the medical team. They have also reconstructed events leading up to the crash, examined the helmet and skis and viewed footage filmed on a camera attached to his helmet, they said. Mr Quincy, who is heading the investigation team, refused to be drawn on Schumacher's speed at the time of the accident saying they needed to go through the two-minutes of footage "image by image".

But another investigator, Lt Col Benoit Vinneman said the video appeared to show "completely normal behaviour by a good skier on this terrain". Schumacher had deliberately chosen to go off piste, an area between a red and blue piste that was clearly signposted, the investigators said. He hit a rock that was 8m (26ft) from the piste, and landed 9m (30ft) away from the piste, they outlined. "[Mr Schumacher] is evidently an extremely good skier, but one of his skis hit a rock that was sticking out... it caused him to fall and he hit his head on the rock," Mr Quincy said.

Stephane Bozon, one of the local policemen involved in the investigation, said the skis were in "perfect condition" and had not been the cause of the accident. Mr Quincy stressed their investigation into Schumacher's accident was no different to that given to other skiing similar skiing accidents. He said they had investigated 50 such cases. Schumacher's family have been by his bedside since the accident, and have appealed for privacy in recent days, asking journalists to leave the clinic where he is being treated.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25651852

 

Schumacher fans hold birthday vigil for injured driver - 3 January 2014

Fans of Michael Schumacher have held a vigil outside his hospital to mark the injured F1 legend's 45th birthday. Schumacher's family said in a statement they had been moved to tears by the "incredible sympathies" shown by the Ferrari fans who gathered outside the clinic in the French city of Grenoble. They said they were "utterly overwhelmed" and "deeply grateful".

The driver is in a medically induced coma after suffering head injuries while skiing in the French Alps. He remains in a stable but critical condition, his manager has said. The German champion, who retired in 2012, had been skiing off-piste when he fell and hit his head on Sunday. His helmet cracked on impact after hitting a rock. Supporters held a one-minute silence outside the hospital on Friday afternoon.

Ferrari - the racing team with which Schumacher had 72 of his 91 F1 wins - said in a statement that it wanted to send him very special wishes for his birthday as he tackled "the most important fight of his life". Members of Ferrari clubs in France and Italy travelled to Grenoble to mark the birthday of the most successful driver in Formula 1 history.

Doctors confirmed on Tuesday that Schumacher had shown signs of improvement, but was still "not out of danger". They ruled out giving a prognosis for his condition in the coming days and months. But it is medically possible for someone to spend several weeks in an induced coma and make a full recovery.

Ferrari said buses had been organised to transport the Italian and French fans to Grenoble for the tribute. Spokesman Renato Bisignani said people were encouraged to dress in red and bring flags, as "a sign of closeness to Michael Schumacher, done in a very respectful way". A large Ferrari banner was unveiled.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25582925

Schumacher's condition improves - 31 December 2013

The condition of German motor racing star Michael Schumacher has improved slightly after a second operation to relieve pressure on his brain, his doctors say. The seven-time Formula 1 champion suffered head injuries on Sunday in a skiing accident in the French Alps. The 44-year-old remains in intensive care at a hospital in Grenoble. Doctors say Schumacher, who is being kept in a medically induced coma, is still "not out of danger".

An initial scan on Monday night showed "an improved situation" and indicated a window of opportunity for a second operation, doctors said. The family took the "difficult decision" to give consent for the procedure, and surgeons operated on Schumacher for about two hours. "We can't say he is out of danger but... we have gained a bit of time,'' Dr Jean-Francois Payen said on Tuesday. "The coming hours are crucial. All the family is very much aware that his state is still sensitive and anything can happen."

Doctors said it was impossible to give a prognosis for his condition in the coming days and months. Schumacher had been skiing off-piste when he fell and hit his head. His manager, Sabine Kehm told reporters that his helmet cracked on impact after hitting a rock. "That does not mean that Michael was travelling at high speed. He was not too fast," Ms Kehm added.

She said that the former champion was not skiing with just his teenage son, as had been reported, but also with a group of friends at the time. Messages of support have come from around the world. Schumacher's manager said that his wife Corinna was "very grateful" for the messages and kind words.

International Automobile Federation President Jean Todt - Ferrari manager during Schumacher's career - visited the former champion in hospital on Tuesday. Outside the facility, fans raised the Ferrari flag, telling reporters they had come to support Schumacher and his family. Schumacher is held in a great deal of affection in the area. He is seen as a kind and generous man who has done a lot for charity.

The former champion, who turns 45 on 3 January, retired from F1 for a second time in 2012.

German press reaction

Schumacher's skiing accident dominates German media coverage, with many painting an image of a fearless daredevil. "The fight of his life," tabloid Bild says in its front-page headline, adding: "Schumi was always in search of danger."

Some commentators, such as Stefan Frommann in daily Die Welt, wonder whether Schumacher's retirement from Formula 1 in 2012 has led him to live "more dangerously".

But in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Anno Hecker says those who accuse Schumacher of having gambled with his life "fear the truth - that they don't dare to do what Schumacher does: take a risk".

Many others, he adds, see "such winners not as gamblers, but as people who managed to do what they dreamed of: to get on, to find out their true potential".

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25558709

Michael Schumacher's family in bedside vigil after ski accident - 31 December 2013

The family of German motor-racing champion Michael Schumacher is at his bedside as he fights for life following a skiing accident in the French Alps. Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, said his wife, Corinna, daughter Gina Maria and son Mick are in a state of shock at the Grenoble hospital. The seven-time Formula 1 champion suffered head injuries on Sunday in a fall at the resort of Meribel. He has been put in a medically-induced coma to relieve pressure on his brain. "The family is not doing very well, obviously. They are shocked," Sabine Kehm told reporters.

Prof Jean-Francois Payen, of Grenoble University Hospital's intensive care unit, told a news conference that they could not give a prognosis for the 44-year-old driver. "He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation. We are working hour by hour," he said.

Prof Payen said that if Schumacher had not been wearing a helmet "he wouldn't be here now".

"We had to operate urgently to release some pressure in his head," the anaesthetist said.

Neurosurgeon Stephan Chabardes said that a post-operative scan had shown "diffuse haemorrhagic lesions" on both sides of Schumacher's brain.

Schumacher is likely to stay in an induced coma for at least 48 hours, or even several weeks, she adds - and there can be many months of therapy in order to achieve as full a recovery as possible. Doctors have lowered Schumacher's body temperature to 34-35C (93.2-95F) as part of the coma, slowing his metabolism to help reduce inflammation. The driver had been skiing off-piste with his teenage son when he fell and hit his head on a rock. He was first evacuated to a hospital in the nearby town of Moutiers. Prof Chabardes said the driver was in an "agitated condition" on arrival in Moutiers and his neurological condition "deteriorated rapidly". He was taken from Moutiers to the larger facility in Grenoble.

Messages of support have come from around the world. A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and her government were, like millions of Germans, "extremely shocked". "We hope, with Michael Schumacher and with his family, that he can overcome and recover from his injuries," the spokesman said.

Former Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa, who recovered from life-threatening head injuries he suffered at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, wrote on Instagram: "I am praying for you my brother! I hope you have a quick recovery! God bless you, Michael."

On Monday some fans had gathered outside the hospital in Grenoble. Nuravil Raimbekov, a student from Kyrgyzstan who is studying nearby, described Schumacher as an inspiration. "I'm worried, of course... but I still hope, and I will pray for him," he said.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25556284

Michael Schumacher 'fighting for life' after ski accident - 30 December 2013

Michael Schumacher, the seven-time Formula 1 champion, is "fighting for his life" after a ski accident in the French Alps, his doctors say. The driver remains in a critical condition in hospital in Grenoble with head injuries suffered on Sunday morning at the resort of Meribel. "We cannot tell you what the outcome will be yet," the team treating him told a news conference on Monday morning.

His family are at his bedside. Schumacher underwent surgery on arrival at the University Hospital in Grenoble. He remains in a coma and the medical team treating him said that they are working "hour by hour". "All we can do is wait," they added.

Prof Jean-Francois Payen told reporters that if Schumacher had not been wearing a protective helmet "he wouldn't be here now". "We had to operate urgently to release some pressure in his head," the anaesthetist said.

Neurosurgeon Stephan Chabardes said that a post-operative scan had shown "diffuse haemorrhagic lesions" on both sides of Schumacher's brain. The doctors refused to comment on his prognosis. The 44-year-old German was skiing off-piste with his teenage son when he fell and hit his head on a rock. Following the accident, Schumacher was evacuated to the hospital in the nearby town of Moutiers.

Prof Chabardes said the driver was in an "agitated condition" on arrival in Moutiers and his neurological condition "deteriorated rapidly". He was taken from Moutiers to the larger facility in Grenoble. Schumacher is being kept in a coma at a low temperature to facilitate his recovery, Prof Payen said.The medical team said that the driver's relative youth and the fact that he was operated on without delay count in his favour.

Tim Wall, who produces a snow conditions report for La Tania, a neighbouring village to Meribel, told the BBC that visibility was good in the area on Sunday. "There was about 20cm of snow late on Saturday and overnight. On Sunday morning the snow was very light and the skies were clear - perfect skiing conditions."

But despite this and a similar snowfall earlier in the week, off-piste snow cover was patchy, he said. "There have been quite high winds, so there are areas with good snow cover, but where it's exposed there's not much snow."

Schumacher, who turns 45 on 3 January, retired from F1 for a second time in 2012. He won seven world championships and secured 91 race victories during his 19-year career. The driver won two titles with Benetton, in 1994 and 1995, before switching to Ferrari in 1996 and going on to win five straight titles from 2000. He retired in 2006, and was seriously hurt in a motorcycling accident in Spain three years later, during which he suffered neck and spine injuries. Schumacher managed to recover and made a comeback in F1 with Mercedes in 2010. After three seasons which yielded just one podium finish, he quit the sport at the end of last year.

The Mercedes F1 team said their thoughts and prayers were with Schumacher and his family. The team tweeted that the driver had "amazing fighting spirit".

British retired F1 driver David Coulthard said that "if anyone knows how to muster inner strength and determination then there's no doubt in my mind Michael Schumacher is the man to do it". He told BBC News that Schumacher was "risk averse" as an F1 competitor, like other drivers - contrary to the popular image of the sport. "It's all about finding the limits of your car, and staying within the limits," he said.

A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and her government were, like millions of Germans, "extremely shocked". "We hope, with Michael Schumacher and with his family, that he can overcome and recover from his injuries," the spokesman said.

Catherine McMahon - Consultant neurosurgeon

"After an operation to reduce swelling of the brain, we would place a monitor inside the brain to measure the pressure.

The induced coma Michael Schumacher is in is to try to stabilise the pressure within the brain, to try to prevent secondary brain damage from occurring.

It's likely he will remain in an induced coma for several days, and really the outcome is very, very unclear at this stage.

The agitation suggests that his conscious level when he first came in was deteriorating."

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25548140

Michael Schumacher injured in skiing accident in France - 29 December 2013

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher has suffered a head injury while skiing in Meribel, France. The German, 44, who retired from F1 for a second time in 2012, was taken by helicopter to hospital in Moutiers before being moved to Grenoble. Schumacher was skiing with his 14-year-old son and others in an off-piste area between two marked runs above Meribel when he fell on Sunday morning. He is being examined in hospital, with his wife and two children also present. Christophe Gernignon-Lecomte, director of the Meribel resort, said Schumacher "was a little shaken but conscious" after crashing.

Speaking to Radio Monte Carlo Sport, Gernignon-Lecomte added: "He was wearing a helmet and banged [his head] against a rock."

Schumacher was attended to by two ski patrollers who requested helicopter evacuation to the nearby valley town of Moutiers, before he was subsequently moved to a bigger facility at Grenoble. The German is receiving the attention of Professor Gerard Saillant, a close ally and friend of Schumacher and his former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt. Saillant is an expert in brain and spine injury. He oversaw Schumacher's medical care when the German broke his leg in the 1999 British GP. Schumacher's spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said in a statement: "We ask for understanding that we cannot give out continuous information about his health. He was wearing a helmet and was not alone. No-one else was involved in the fall."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/25542340

 

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