Updates on Michael Schumacher After Injuries Sustained in Skiing Accident

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Updates on Michael Schumacher After Injuries Sustained in Skiing Accident
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Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher sustained a head injury on Sunday, Dec. 29, in a skiing accident at the Meribel Alpina resort in the French Alps. Schumacher suffered a brain haemorrhage in the fall and is currently in a coma.

Updates from Friday, March 21

Widespread reports claim Schumacher has lost a quarter of his body weight since falling into a coma nearly 12 weeks ago.

Grand Prix 247 provides the update:

We reported early last week that the 45-year-old, who weighed about 75kg when he crashed on the Meribel slopes, has apparently lost twenty kilograms in hospital.

La Gazzetta dello Sport and the Bild-Zeitung are now also reporting that Schumacher now weighs just 55 kilos, which means he has lost more than a quarter of his former bodyweight.

“While a weight loss in coma patients is normal, 20 kilos is a lot for people with normal body weights,” said Prof Dr Curt Diehm, of the Karlsbad teaching hospital in Germany.

"One must assume that his muscles have degraded greatly due to the immobility,” he surmised.

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