Michael Schumacher is suffering with life-threatening head injuries because of “extreme bad luck”. Following the second surgery doctors says that now showing signs of improvement,
Specialists said they had been “surprised” by Schumacher’s recent recovery, he still in a coma. His condition has stabilised after a “really big” internal bleed was drained, easing the pressure on his brain.
The seven-time world champion was travelling at up to 50mph when he hit a rock hidden under the snow at Meribel in the French Alps on Sunday. He was catapulted into the air, landing head-first on another rock.
Also the media reported that he hit his head so hard that his ski helmet “broke in two”.
Prof Jean-Francois Payen, chief anaesthetist at the hospital in Grenoble where Schumacher is being treated, said a scan taken on Tuesday morning showed “a few signs that the situation is better controlled than yesterday, we can’t say that he’s out of danger but we have gained time.”
Schumacher had surgery to remove a haematoma (a pocket of blood) from the outside of his brain on Sunday. A scan on Monday showed that another haematoma inside his brain had “unexpectedly” reduced in size.
This meant that surgeons could carry out a two-hour operation that night to drain the second blood clot and further reduce the pressure on the brain. Prof Payen said the 44-year-old German’s condition had “slightly improved” and was “relatively stable”. He added: “The more hours he spends in a stable situation, the better it is.”
Prof Emmanuel Gay, another of the specialists treating the seven-times Formula 1 champion, said: “Dangers are still there. We cannot say that we have won because there are still some highs and some lows, but it’s better than yesterday. He is still in a very critical condition – this has not changed. And we still cannot tell how he will be, which state he will be in when he does wake up.
“We cannot speculate on the future because once again it would be too early to do so. There are still many haematomas in the brain, with little bits everywhere. That is what makes the situation critical and it needs to be looked at hour by hour, day by day. We won’t be able to evacuate the other haematomas at the moment because they are not accessible. They are not as big as the one we removed yesterday.”