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    BREAKING NEWS: Doctors ‘abandon efforts to bring Michael Schumacher out of coma’

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    Doctors treating stricken F1 motor racing legend Michael Schumacher have abandoned their attempts to bring him out of his artificial coma following setbacks, it is reported today.

    Germany’s news magazine Focus – which enjoys a close relationship with the 45-year-old inner circle – claims the slow waking-up process for the seven-times world champion was put on hold last week.

    Schumacher has lain in an artificially induced coma since December 29 in the University Hospital of Grenoble in France after seriously injuring his head during a low-speed ski accident the same day. 

    DON’T MISS: This Is The Tragic Ski Route That Caused Michael Schumacher Accident (VIDEO)

    Investigation: A court is still looking into the crash in Seville on November 17. Above, Schumacher skis in Italy

     

    Doctors announced three weeks ago they were reducing the anaesthetic keeping him under to slowly bring him around.

    Now, according to Focus, that has been halted because of ‘complications’ although just what those problems are has not been announced.

    Official news about Schumacher’s condition is scant with the family preferring only to issue the briefest of bulletins every few weeks.

    The latest claim will only add to the concerns of fans worldwide that the severity of his brain  trauma is causing experts concern every step of the way on his torturous road  to recovery.

    Focus said that, for now, the recovery phase is back on ice and Schumacher is  once again medicated to keep him under.

    The process was initiated because his  brain injury was so severe doctors needed to suppress its normal functions to  allow it to operate at low-speed and, hopefully, recover more quickly.

    DON’T MISS: This Michael Schumacher Tribute Will Make You Realise Just How Good He Is (VIDEO)

    Friends: It comes as Felipe Massa has claimed he saw Michael Schumacher's mouth move as he spoke to him

    Friends: It comes as Felipe Massa has claimed he saw Michael Schumacher’s mouth move as he spoke to him
    Optimism: Massa says he told 'sleeping' Schumacher all about his car and prospects for the coming season

    Only last week, ex-colleague Felipe Massa had visited Schumi in hospital and spoken to him.

    ‘He sleeps looks but quite normal,’ he said. ‘I think he even reacted a bit.’

    Doctors may have decided to break off his awakening for a variety of reasons, including reduced blood flow, a new infection or signals that the drugs lying in the fatty tissue of his body were not shifting as fast as they would have hoped.

    Just a fortnight ago he contracted, and fought off, a bout of mild pneumonia  contracted through the breathing tubes keeping him alive.

    Now with the latest  news the fear is that his hopes of making a complete recovery are dimmer than  ever.

    His wife Corinna, 44, and teenaged children Gina-Marie and son Mick are constantly at his bedside, talking to him throughout the day when he is massaged, turned and cleaned while hooked up to a bank of machines keeping him alive.

    Full Story: Dailymail.co.uk

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    Michael Schumacher’s Manager Refuses To Comment On Pneumonia Reports (NEWS)

    Michael Schumacher's Manager Refuses To Comment On Pneumonia Reports (NEWS)

    Rumors have once again be circulating around Michael Schumacher’s health as reports claim that he has contracted a lung infection. This comes just a week after rumors that said he had actually died.

    The F1 Legend is approaching his 50th day in a medically induced coma and although we had confirmation that doctors are attempting to bring him out of the coma, the rest of the information we are getting is simply speculation.

    Once again, Schumacher’s manager has refused to comment on these most recent reports in his native Germany.

    “We are not commenting on speculation,” Schumacher’s manager and spokesperson Sabine Kehm told the newspaper.

    Since news of the severity of Schumacher’s condition first broke, Kehm has repeatedly pleaded with fans of the F1 legend to ignore all speculation on the 45-year-old’s health.

    Michael Schumacher's Manager Refuses To Comment On Pneumonia Reports (NEWS)
    Michael Schumacher's Manager Refuses To Comment On Pneumonia Reports (NEWS)
    Michael Schumacher's Manager Refuses To Comment On Pneumonia Reports (NEWS) Via: FoxNews

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    Michael Schumacher Is Not Responding To Stimuli As Attempts To Bring Him Out Of Coma Fail

    If you haven’t been worrying about the fate of Michael Schumacher, perhaps now is the time to start. Doctors have spent the past two weeks attempting to bring the seven-time Formula One World Champion out of the coma he’s been in since a December 29 skiing accident, but attempts to elicit responses to “deliberate stimuli” have been absent. Rather, Schumacher has only displayed reflex twitches.

    The report comes from Germany’s Bild-Zeitung, which was picked up by Fox Sports, so we’d like to stress that this is not an official update. Schumacher’s medical and PR teams have been quiet since the initial announcement that doctors would begin easing the German’s sedative levels.

    According to the German publication, Schumacher’s wife, Corinna, continues to spend her days at the driver’s bedside, talking to him. Patients in Schumi’s condition have been known to show improvements when being exposed to a continuous, familiar voice. As explained in previous posts, patients that remain in induced comas for too long may never wake up, or if they do, suffer from mental deficits and personality changes.

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    Michael Schumacher In Stable Condition But What About His Future?

    Michael Schumacher In Stable Condition But What About His Future?

    Michael Schumacher In Stable Condition But What About His Future?
    Michael Schumacher is finally in a stable and ‘not critical’ condition, but remains in a medically induced coma following a skiing accident on December 29. But if Schumacher does survive, will he be the same?

    Since his accident just after Christmas, updates on Schumacher’s condition have been limited which has caused speculation and rumors surrounding the current situation and the potential future outcomes for the formula 1 legend. These rumors have all come from people and sources that aren’t actually connected to Schumacher’s medical team.

    Again, although no word from the doctors, Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm released this statement yesterday”

    “Unfortunately, I have to repeat any information regarding Michael’s health not coming from the doctor’s treating him, or his management, must be treated as pure speculation. I also repeat Michael’s family is very happy and confident with the work of the team of doctors treating Michael, and they trust them completely. Michael’s condition is still considered stable,”

    This information comes a whole ten days since we last heard any official information which led some media outlets to speculate that Schumacher may never emerge from his coma. Richard Greenwood, a consultant neurologist at London’s Homerton Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, though, had a different concern.

    “If Schumacher survives he will not be Schumacher. He will be Bloggs,” Greenwood said, using the Britishism for a John Doe to indicate that Schumacher’s personality could be radically different when he wakes.

    “His rehabilitation will only be effective if he comes to terms with being Bloggs, and fulfills what Bloggs can do. That’s a very, very difficult process to take people through. They need to come to terms with their limitations – the fact they have changed,” Greenwood said, according to The Daily Telegraph.

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    This Is The Tragic Ski Route That Caused Michael Schumacher Accident (VIDEO)

    Michael Schumachers Tragic Ski Route Retraced

    Michael Schumachers Tragic Ski Route Retraced
    In the 11 days that have passed since Michael Schumacher was critically injured in a skiing accident in France, there really hasn’t been much in the way of official information on which to report. While this is still the case for his current condition, CNN and CBS News are helping shed light on the incident that landed the Formula One champion in a medically induced coma.

    As investigators continue to look at Schumacher’s helmet cam footage of the crash, both news reports indicate that neither speed nor faulty skis are to blame. It seems that Schumacher had been skiing in area between two marked runs when he somehow lost control and hit his head on a jagged rock. CBS reports that Schumacher was wearing a helmet, but the impact was so severe that it “split his helmet in two.”

    CNN video, which is posted below, actually shows the location where Schumacher’s accident occurred (pictured above), and CBS goes on to say that this area continues to be used by skiers and snowboarders. Although the last we heard on Schumacher’s condition was before the New Year rang in, our thoughts and prayers are still with the champ for a full recovery.


    via: Autoblog

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    Investigators Explain The Causes Of Michael Schumacher’s Skiing Accident (VIDEO)

    Investigators explain Schumacher accident

    Investigators explain Schumacher accident

    French police investigators have finally shed some light on the causes of the Michael Schumacher’s Skiing accident last week, which has left the Formula One legend in a critical state.

    While rumors circulated the internet claiming Schumacher was going too fast, the French investigators have ruled this out with Lt. Col. Benoit Vinneman saying speed was not considered a significant factor.

     “His pace was completely normal for a skilled skier”

    Investigators have been helped by the recording from the Go-Pro high definition camera that was attached on Michael Schumacher’s helmet. This did allow them to notice that although Schumacher wasn’t going particularly fast, he did have to slow down when he hit a certain part of the slope.

    In addition, Schumacher’s skis were almost new.

    “The rock that he hit was 8 meters from piste. His position after he fell was 9 meters away from the piste. So we examined the film,  that confirmed all the information we had. We used this film to do a reconstruction of the accident,” the French investigators said.

    See the video below for more information…

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    Michael Schumacher In ‘Serious But Stable’ Condition According To Manager

    Michael Schumacher Critical but Stable

    Michael Schumacher Critical but Stable

    Michael Schumacher remained in a “critical but stable” condition in a French hospital last night, according to his manager, who denied claims made by Schumachers friend that he was out of danger.

    The seven-time world champion’s manager said yesterday that reports his life was no longer under threat were inaccurate and that he was not yet out of the woods.

    Schumacher’s friend, former F1 driver Philippe Streiff, had said on Friday that he had been told by the family doctor, Gerard Saillant, that his life was no longer in danger.

    Schumacher had hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste on Sunday morning. He has been in a medically induced coma for six days since being transferred to a Grenoble hospital, where he has undergone two operations.

    Sabine Kehm, his spokesman, said in a statement: “Michael’s condition remains critical but stable. We would like to clearly stress that any information regarding Michael’s health not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as invalid and pure speculation,” Schumacher’s agent, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement.

    via: Telegraph.co.uk

    Check out the support Schumachers fans have given the Formula One legend…

    Michael Schumacher In 'Serious But Stable' Condition According To Manager

    Michael Schumacher fans pay tribute

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    Michael Schumacher Latest: Fans Hold Silent Vigil Outside Hospital For His 45th Birthday (VIDEO)


    Michael Schumacher remains in a stable but critical condition following his skiing accident and no further update on his condition is expected on Friday as the German spends his 45th birthday in a coma.

    His family were briefed by doctors at Grenoble’s University Hospital in the morning, but had stated earlier in the week that they would only be making further announcements if there was substantial news to report.

    The seven-time World Champion is in intensive care after he hit his head on a rock and was airlifted off Meribel’s slopes on Sunday. (See accident route below)

    The last official update came from his manager and spokesperson, Sabine Kehm, on New Year’s Day.

    “We understand that the situation is essentially the same as it has been in the last couple of days so we are now looking at 80 plus hours of Michael Schumacher in a stable condition and although he hasn’t improved, that is a platform at least for his doctors to continue to treat him,” reported Sky Sports News’ Craig Slater.

    Schumacher won five successive titles with Ferrari between 2000 and 2004 and the Scuderia are helping to mark his birthday by asking fans to dress in red and take part in “a silent and respectful event” outside the hospital.

    “Ferrari have arranged for fans from their supporters clubs in Northern Italy and Southern France to come to Grenoble and they are going to hold a silent parade a little bit later on,” Slater added.

    “There are over 100 fans here already, all dressed in red and Ferrari have been keen to stress this is an important day for the team as it is Schumacher’s birthday.”

    A message on Ferrari’s website read: “At the moment, he is tackling the most important fight of his life and therefore we want to send him very special wishes.”

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    Formula 1 Legend Michael Schumacher Fighting For His Life Hour By Hour (NEWS)

    Michael Schumacher being monitored hour by hour

    Michael Schumacher being monitored hour by hour

    It seems crazy that Formula 1 racing legend Michael Schumacher has spent his whole life racing at speeds of 240mph, and yet he is tragically clinging on to life following a skiing accident.

    After suffering a head injury while skiing on Sunday afternoon in the French Alps with his 14  year old son, the 7 time German Formula champion is in a medically induces coma with doctors monitoring his critical health hour by hour.

    Doctors treating Michael Schumacher refused Monday to predict an outcome for the seven-time Formula One champion, saying they were taking his critical head injury “hour by hour” following a skiing accident.

    Chief anesthesiologist Jean-Francois Payen told reporters that Schumacher was still in a medically induced coma and doctors were focusing only on his current condition.

    “We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher,” said Payen, who is also in charge of Grenoble University Hospital’s intensive-care unit.

    “He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation,” he added. “We are working hour by hour.”

    Schumacher, the most successful driver in Formula One history, arrived at the Grenoble hospital a day earlier already in a coma and immediately underwent brain surgery.

    The German driver was skiing with his son Sunday morning in the French Alpine resort of Meribel, about 130 km southeast of Geneva, when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock. He was wearing a helmet, but doctors said it was not enough to prevent a serious brain injury.

    Gerard Saillant, a trauma surgeon who operated on Schumacher when he broke his leg in a 1999 race crash, was at the hospital as a visitor. He told reporters that Schumacher’s age — he turns 45 on Jan. 3 — and his fitness should work in his favor.

    Top neurology team

    But the Grenoble medical team was being very cautious about Schumacher’s prognosis. Working to relieve the pressure on his brain, they lowered his body temperature to between 34 and 35 degrees Celsius as part of the medically induced coma, which essentially rests the brain, slowing its metabolism to help reduce inflammation after an injury.

    Meribel Village skiing
    Meribel Village, a ski resort in France, located about 130 km southeast of Geneva, Switzerland. Michael Schumacher was skiing with his son in the region when he fell and struck his head. (Igluski.com)

    The neurology team at Grenoble University Hospital is recognized as among the best in France and the hospital, in a city that is the gateway to the French Alps, sees a large number of skiing accidents every year.

    Schumacher has been seriously hurt before. He broke his leg in a crash at the Silverstone race course in 1999. He also suffered serious neck and spine injuries after a motorcycling accident in February 2009 in Spain.

    The area where Schumacher was skiing is part of a web of trails that slice down through a vast and, in parts, very steep snowfield. Although challenging, the snowfield is not extreme skiing. The runs are broad and neatly tended, and the ungroomed area in between, known as off-piste — where the resort said Schumacher was found — is free of trees.

    Local hospital then Grenoble

    The resort said Schumacher was conscious when first responders arrived, although agitated and in shock. But Payen said Monday that after the fall Schumacher was not in a “normal state of consciousness.” He was not responding to questions and his limbs appeared to be moving involuntarily.

    He was airlifted to a local hospital and then later brought to Grenoble. Doctors said this stopover was typical and did not affect his condition.

    His wife and other family members were by his bedside.

    “The family is not doing very well obviously. They are shocked,” said his manager Sabine Kehm, who added that the family still appreciated the outpouring of support.

    As news of the accident spread, Formula One drivers and fans rushed to wish Schumacher a quick recovery.

    Boyhood idol

    “Like millions of Germans, the chancellor and members of the government were extremely dismayed when they heard about Michael Schumacher’s serious skiing accident,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in Berlin.

    Sebastian Vettel, for whom Schumacher was a boyhood idol, told German news agency dpa: “I am shocked and hope that he will get better as soon as possible.”

    Ferrari, which Schumacher raced for, expressed its concern in a statement.

    “Everyone at Ferrari has been in a state of anxiety since hearing about Michael Schumacher’s accident,” it said, adding that company president, Luca di Montezemolo, and race team leader, Stefano Domenicali, were in contact with the family.

    British former world champion Jenson Button said posted that his “thoughts are with Michael Schumacher at this tough time .… Michael more than anyone has the strength to pull through this.”

    During his career, Schumacher won seven drivers’ championships and 91 race wins. After initial success with the Benetton team, Schumacher moved to Ferrari and helped turn the Italian team into the sport’s dominant force. After initially retiring in 2006, he made a comeback in 2010 and raced for three years with Mercedes.

    via: CBC

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Schumacher and his family at this time.

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