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Schumacher is in a critical but stable condition
Michael Schumacher could remain in an induced coma for weeks at a Grenoble hospital after sustaining head injuries in a skiing accident at France’s Meribel resort last Sunday.
Autosport reported on Thursday that Schumacher’s condition remained critical following two successful operations to relieve pressure on his brain.
Following comments made on Friday by Philippe Streiff—a friend of the 45-year-old—that Schumacher's life was no longer in danger, as reported by Sky Sports, the seven-time world champion's manager, Sabine Kehm, felt the need to clarify the situation.
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. In consultation with the doctors treating Michael, it is not expected there there will be any press conference before Monday.
According to Professor Uwe Kehler, the head of neurosurgery at the Asklepios hospital in Hamburg, Schumacher’s coma could last for weeks or even months.
Generally, it takes two to three weeks until a patient with such a severe trauma can be woken up. But it can take days or even weeks until the patient opens his eyes. Unfortunately, it is also possible that the person does not wake up properly. In a severe craniocerebral trauma, the first hours and days are crucial to see if the pressure and swelling continues to increase. Especially critical are the first three to four days.
When patients get through those first few days, everyone can breathe a little. But no statement can be made yet about the patient's survival or the outcome. If the patient continues to remain stable, you can shut down the measures to reduce intracranial pressure and then dissolve the coma.