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    Hoping he will make it. I have always liked him. Not so much as a driver but he has always seemed so genuinely nice. Hang in there, Schumi
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    Michael Schumacher shows 'slight improvement' but remains critical

    Former F1 champion undergoes second operation after Alps ski accident as offical confirms his helmet split in two when he fell

    Neurosurgeon Professor Stephan Chabardes, Professor Jean-Francois Payen, and Professor Emmanuel Gay. Photograph: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

    Doctors battling to save Michael Schumacher from the life-threatening injuries which the racing driver sustained in a skiing accident said on Tuesday they had seen a "slight improvement" in his condition following a second operation to ease the pressure on his brain.
    But, as the seven-times Formula One world champion prepared to spend a third night in a medically induced coma in the University hospital, Grenoble, his medical team stressed that his condition remained critical and "very fragile".


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    "The situation is under better control than yesterday [Monday]," said chief anaesthesiologist Jean-François Payen. "We cannot say he is out of danger but … we have bought ourselves a bit of time. The hours ahead are crucial for our treatment strategy."

    News of Schumacher's second operation came as fresh details emerged concerning the 44-year-old's crash, which occurred shortly after 11am on Sunday in the Alpine resort of Méribel.
    The prosecutor's office in the resort town of Albertville, which is overseeing the investigation into the accident, confirmed that Schumacher's helmet had split when he fell and hit a rock. "It broke apart in two pieces," an official said.

    However, amid speculation that the German racing driver had been travelling at speeds of up to 100km/h before hurtling into the rock, the official added that it was too early to infer that the helmet had broken because of the speed at which Schumacher was skiing downhill.

    "It's too early to draw conclusions about excessive speed," said the official. "It will take two or three more days to know exactly what happened."

    Sabine Kehm, a spokesman for Schumacher, rejected the suggestions outright. From what she had understood from speaking to witnesses, she said, he had not been travelling at high speed and had in fact stopped shortly before the accident to help a friend who had fallen over on the slopes.

    He had been skiing not only with his son, Mick, 14, but also with a group of friends, she clarified.

    As Schumacher set off again, Kehm said, he appeared to hit a rock and was "catapulted in the air", falling "apparently head down" on to another rock.

    "[It] was an extremely bad and unfortunate circumstance and not because he was speeding too much," she said. "I have spoken with several people, also ski teachers, and they tell me that that can happen even at 10km/h. It was just very, very unfortunate."

    On the fifth floor of the hospital, meanwhile, the fight to limit the impact of the devastating accident continued. Late on Monday afternoon, said doctors, a "surgical window of opportunity" had opened due to a "transitory improvement" in Schumacher's condition that allowed them to carry out a brain scan – a process which requires a certain level of stability in patients as it involves them being moved.

    The results, which showed a large haematoma on the left side of Schumacher's brain as well as others in different places and continuing lesions, indicated however that his condition was stable enough to undergo surgery.

    The doctors were suddenly presented with an unexpected possibility – that of operating a second time to try to relieve some of the intracranial pressure.

    As they continued to wait at his bedside, Schumacher's family – chiefly his wife, Corinna, who is in Grenoble with their two children, Mick and Gina-Maria, 16 – were consulted about the plan. Emmanuel Gay, the hospital's chief of neurology, said it was a "difficult decision" despite the medical evaluation that it could be done without incurring big risks.

    At 10pm, an operation to remove the large haematoma began and, two hours later, had been successfully carried out, said the doctors. On Tuesday morning, another scan confirmed "signs … of slight improvement", said Jacqueline Hubert, director of the hospital.

    But, while agreeing that the situation had changed, the doctors refused to speculate about Schumacher's prognosis. Gérard Saillant, a leading brain surgeon who rushed to Grenoble as a friend and former doctor to Schumacher, said such an exercise, even concerning the next few days, was "stupid".

    "We cannot say it's done … but it's a bit better than it was yesterday," he said.

    Gay admitted that the team had been "a bit surprised" by the patient's modest improvement. "But, careful," he said. "There is still a long way to go."

    His colleague Payen added: "In intensive care things can change very quickly, in a good way and in a bad way. We have bought a bit of time."

    In the immediate future, Schumacher appears certain to stay in the induced coma which is aimed at reducing the swelling on his brain.

    The doctors said it was too early to start thinking of what came after that. Payen also said that, for the moment, transferring Schumacher to another hospital closer to home would be too dangerous due to his fragility.

    His family look likely to remain at his side. On Tuesday his father Rolf, who introduced Schumacher to go-karting when he was just a small boy, was pictured entering the hospital.

    Kehm declined to comment on how the racing driver's relatives were coping with the crisis. But she said messages of support had poured in from fans all over the world.

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    French doctors work to bring Schumacher out of coma



    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.

    Schumacher retired from racing in 2012 after a 19-year career.

    He 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.

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    I guess the question now is if he will become another Ariel Sharon who will live on for several years in a more or less comatose state or if he will end up like the Dutch prince who died after 18 months of coma. Either way, it's sad and tough.
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    Schumacher 'has responded to instructions' and 'was able to blink during brain tests' as doctors bring him out of his coma, say sources

    • Michael Schumacher is being taken out of artificial coma gradually
    • Medics are believed to have started medical procedure earlier this week
    • Formula One star is having training to avoid muscles withering
    • Schumacher, 45, is about to enter fifth week in a medically induced coma

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    PUBLISHED: 12:12, 30 January 2014 | UPDATED: 17:24, 30 January 2014


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    Michael Schumacher is 'responding to instructions' as doctors slowly bring him out of his coma, it has been reported.

    Earlier today his manager said the 45-year-old's medical team are reducing his sedation in an attempt to wake him up.

    And this afternoon Sky News reported that their sources had suggested that the seven-times Formula One world champion has been 'responding to simple instructions'.
    French newspaper l'Equipe also reported the German driver had blinked his eyes during tests on his brain.

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    Michael Schumacher is being slowly brought out of his induced coma, his manager has said. His wife Corinna insists her husband is a 'fighter' who will not give up



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    He has been in an induced coma in Grenoble University Hospital since then, although his condition stabilised following surgery after initially being described as critical.



    After gradually reducing the sedation of the patient, the team of head doctor Emmanuel Gay have been testing his neurological reflexes since Monday.

    'During the early stages the patient blinked,' the leading sports newspaper reported.


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    Schumacher suffered serious head injuries when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock in the French resort of Meribel on December 29.

    He has been in an induced coma in Grenoble University Hospital since then, although his condition stabilized following surgery after initially being described as critical.

    'Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take a long time,' Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement.

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    'Deeply moved': Schumacher's Rolf Schumacher and brother Ralf arrive at Grenoble Hospital earlier this month. His family have issued a heartfelt thank you to fans around the world for their support


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    Strain: Corinna Schumacher and their children have been maintaining a constant bedside vigil since his crash

    EMERGING FROM A MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA

    To promote healing the German driver has been kept in a medically induced coma as well as having his body temperature reduced.
    This is because a traumatic head injury can cause the brain to swell and there is no room for it to expand in the skull, causing tissue damage.
    The thinking is that if doctors can try to reduce the energy requirements of the brain, this reduces blood flow and pressure, and allows the brain to rest.
    The anesthetic propofol is commonly used for induced coma - it is not known what doctors have used in Schumacher's case.
    Weaning the patient out of the medically induced coma means tapering the amount of barbiturates down slowly.

    It can take a different amount of time depending on the patient and their injuries.

    A quick withdrawal of this kind of medication could have deadly consequences.

    A patient will be returned to the medically induced coma if the acute signs such as intracranial pressure or seizure activity resume during the weaning period.



    Schumacher was being kept artificially sedated and his body temperature was lowered to between 34 and 35 degrees Celsius (93.2 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit), to reduce swelling in the brain, reduce its energy consumption and allow it to rest.

    Kehm said she was only providing an update now on Schumacher's condition to clarify media leaks, and that no further details would be provided.
    French newspaper l'Equipe first reported on Wednesday that doctors had started trying to wake up Schumacher.

    Experts said it was a good sign that Schumacher's doctors were trying to bring him out of the coma and that the first 24 hours would be critical.

    'It means they have probably seen the pressure in his skull reduced,' said Dr. Clemens Pahl, a brain trauma expert at King's College Hospital in London.

    Pahl warned that if Schumacher hasn't recovered enough to wake up on his own, doctors might need to put him back in the coma.

    'It could be that swelling in his brain hasn't come to an end yet so they might need to increase the medications again,' he said.

    Pahl said that wasn't uncommon in patients with brain injuries and that sometimes it took several attempts to bring someone out of an induced coma.


    ARCHIVE: Fans hold vigil outside Schumacher's hospital








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    Probe: Investigators at the site of Schumacher's crash earlier this month where he smashed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in Meribel, France

    Brain experts said it will be fundamental to determine whether Schumacher was aware of his surroundings and could respond to basic commands from doctors, like raising his hand.

    'This is a test to see what his function is like,' said Dr. Anthony Strong, an emeritus chair in neurosurgery at King's College London.
    He said that once the sedatives wear off, Schumacher's doctors would see if he can breathe on his own and if he responds to mild pain stimulus, like gentle pressing on his eyebrows.

    'Doctors will want to see if he can say `hello,' if he probe his recollection of events and to see if he can recognize family members and remember his own identity,' Strong said.

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    Get well soon! Cologne and Schalke stars hold out a banner wishing Michael Schumacher good health
    If Schumacher doesn't respond to their voice, they will also look to see if he tries to pull out any of the tubes in him or rip the dressing off his wounds - which would be a sign that he is aware of where he is.

    Still, experts said it would likely be months before Schumacher's prognosis becomes clear - and that lasting brain damage was a possibility.

    'If he pulls through, he may not be the man he was,' said Dr. Tipu Aziz, head of neurosurgery at Oxford University.
    'Given the length of time he's been in (intensive care), he has clearly had a very severe head injury,' he said.
    'It's too early to know how intact he will be, but I would guess there is going to be some kind of lasting damage.'

    Schumacher earned universal acclaim for his uncommon and sometimes ruthless driving talent, which led to a record 91 race wins.
    He retired from Formula One in 2012 after garnering an unmatched seven world titles.

    His accident happened on a family vacation in the Alps as Schumacher was skiing with his 14-year-old son.








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    Hoping that the good news continues. Really hoping that. Sometimes letting the brain rest and heal like that can works wonders. Other times...not so much. But it sounds hopeful. So I shall be hopeful for him.
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    Not looking good. I have a horrible feeling his family and his "management team" might have different agendas here. Team Family.

    Doctors treating Michael Schumacher and other medical experts have told his family that "only a miracle" can save him, sources have said.

    The seven-time Formula One world champion suffered serious brain injuries after hitting a rock during a skiing accident in the French Alpine ski resort of Meribel in late December.

    He is being treated in hospital in Grenoble, France, where he has been in an artificially induced coma for a total of69 days.

    Sources close to his family say the 45-year-old driver's wife, Corinna, and his brother, Ralf, have been consulting brain specialists throughout Europe and have been told that his chances of recovery are minimal.

    The family is said to be concerned that the French doctors treating Schumacher have little hope that he will recover and now assume that he will remain in a vegetative state for the rest of his life.

    Experts point out that most artificial comas last for an average of three weeks. Schumacher's management team has insisted that doctors are gradually reducing drug levels to bring the driver out of his artificial coma and that he is currently in a "wake-up" phase.

    In a statement released on Friday, the management team insisted there had been no change. "Michael is still in a wake-up phase, the situation has not altered," spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said.

    At the management team's request, the Grenoble hospital treating Schumacher has kept news about his condition to a minimum. However sources close to his family say that the driver's prognosis is bleak. "The family has been told that only a miracle can bring him back now," a senior German journalist reporting on the Schumacher case said. " He is in a bad way but until the family issues a formal statement, we cannot publish anything," he added.

    Another source said: "Doctors have given it to them straight. Miracles sometimes happen but there is little hope that he will come out of this."

    A fortnight ago, Germany's Focus magazine reported that complications had obliged doctors to halt Schumacher's wake-up process and that the driver had been put back into a coma. However Schumacher's management team denied the report.

    Coma experts have stressed that the past week should have been crucial for Schumacher's wake-up process as doctors would have been hoping for a sign that he was gradually becoming aware of his surroundings.

    However, last Sunday, the Schumacher family is reported to have spent Corinna Schumacher's 45th birthday gathered around the comatose driver's hospital bed praying in vain for him to acknowledge their presence.

    Doctors say that the greatest risk facing the driver while he remains in a coma and unable to swallow properly is the possibility that he will contract pneumonia as a result of his lungs being filled with fluid.

    Should Schumacher manage to emerge from his coma, there appears to be little likelihood that he would be able to live a normal, active life.

    Gary Hartstein, a former Formula One doctor, told the German media last week: "The majority of patients who come out of a coma alive after this amount of time suffer severe disabilities."

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    Yeah, damn. I guess no news is bad news some of the time.
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    Death would be a blessing. Just horrible. His poor family.
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    I read a very thought provoking article by a doctor who questions these aggressive medical interventions when there is clearly little or no chance of meaningful quality of life even if by some "miracle" he does make some kind of recovery. It's partly the doctors who feel it's their job to keep someone alive at any cost, and families who can't face facts and anyway, Dr House always fixes his patients, right? I get the impression from that article that his family and real doctors want to let him go with dignity but his spin doctors don't want to lose their money spinner.
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    This is sad, unfortunately i dont see any miracles happening here.
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    i wonder what his eegs look like. even in an induced coma they could tell if you have activity right?

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    I know it sounds horrible to say it but I really do think he would prefer to be let go at this point. Even if by some miracle he does wake up he is going to be a shell of the person he used to be and I don't think he, or ultimately his family would want that. As a racing fan I was never his supporter but off track he seemed like a funny, decent guy and it's so sad.

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    It's heading more and more into Dutch Prince territory. I hope for him, like the prince, his body will just stop.
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    This is very sad. His poor family.

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