Michael Schumacher: Latest Details on F1 Legend's Recovery from Skiing Accident

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMarch 26, 2014

Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher of Germany talks to reporters after he failed to finish in the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life after he crashed whilst on a low-speed ski run in the French resort of Meribel on Dec. 29. The F1 legend was taken to Grenoble University Hospital, where he remained in an artificially induced coma for several months.

Updates from Monday, June 16

Schumacher's management team delivered a significant update on Monday, revealing he is no longer in a coma.

The statement must be treated with caution, however, with no indication as to whether the racing legend has made serious progress in his rehabilitation. BBC's Andrew Benson provides the news:

James Allen provided the full statement on his website:

Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore.

His family would like to explicitly thank all his treating doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble as well as the first aiders at the place of the accident, who did an excellent job in those first months.

The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes to Michael. We are sure it helped him.

For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye.

Updates from Monday, June 2

Michael Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, has been forced to deny reports coming out of Spain that the German icon is interacting with things around him.

Kehm has always only issued updates when appropriate, but told Gazzetta dello Sport via grandprix.com:

"I have never spoken with these journalists, and we have not issued any statement about Michael's health condition." 

Updates from Monday, April 21

Don Mackay of Mirror reports Michael Schumacher is being sued for his involvement in the accident:

Stricken Michael Schumacher is being sued by a Spanish biker who claims the F1 ace bowled him over barely weeks before the skiing accident which has left him in a coma.

The seven-times world champion, still fighting for life, is  accused of knocking the motorcyclist off his bike after failing to give way at a roundabout in Bormujos near Seville.

The unnamed rider is claiming compensation for a broken wrist he suffered and damage to a watch, his clothes and his motorbike in the accident on November 17 last year.


A trial will only take place if insurers contest the claim and the 45-year-old German would not be obliged to attend.

A police accident report claims Schumacher, who was on a private visit to Spain, failed to respect his alleged victim’s right of way.

Updates from Friday, April 18

The helmet worn by Schumacher at the time of his skiing accident has been returned to his family after French authorities finished their investigation of the item.

Crucially, reports the Daily Mirror's Don Mackay, no suspicious activity was raised by thorough checks into the state of the damaged helmet. Mackay writes:

Authorities in France gave wife Corinna the helmet back after they declared their official investigation into the 45-year-old’s accident on December 29 last year closed.

The prosecutor in the town of Albertville, charged with the probe into Michael’s low-speed collision, ruled no third party involvement.

The helmet, which smashed into three pieces when he plunged head-first onto rocks hidden in snow on the slopes of the French Alpine resort of Meribel, has been returned to his family.

His helmet-mounted camera and the rented skis he was wearing at the time of the accident were also returned.

Updates from Tuesday, April 15

Schumacher's agent, Sabine Kehm, has expressed hope that media coverage of the F1 legend will stop once he is moved into a rehab clinic.

Positive signs continue to emerge from the hospital in which Schumacher rests, and Kehm is planning for the moment in which he can begin a new chapter of his recovery.

Grandprix.com quoted her saying to ARD television:

"Our plan and our desire would be that from the moment in which Michael can go into a rehab clinic, this media coverage will stop."

Updates from Monday, April 14

Michael Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm briefly updated fans on the F1 legend's status according to GrandPrix247.com:

In the last official statement, Kehm said the great German was now showing “moments of consciousness and awakening” amid his long coma.

Now speaking to German television ARD, she revealed: “There are small improvements that make us happy and give us great encouragement.”


She stressed, however, that the 45-year-old is not only having moments of being awake, but also being ‘conscious’.

Kehm explained that the latter is, “perhaps in a very limited form, being able to interact with the environment”.

Updates from Thursday, April 10

Jean Alesi, former F1 star and friend of Schumacher and his family, has revealed he spotted encouraging signs upon his last visit to see the German.

The Mirror's Ben Curtis quotes Alesi saying:

During my last visit I noticed something had improved.

I felt a relief among his family, a great happiness at how things were developing. That is brilliant - even if the road back is still a long one.

Updates from Sunday, April 6

Motorsport.com's Staff provides a statement from Michael Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm discussing the F1 legend's health status:

Michael Schumacher is making eye-contact and responding to voices, according to the very latest media reports.

Earlier, after a worrying three-month long coma, the F1 legend's manager Sabine Kehm revealed that Schumacher is now having "moments of consciousness and awakening".

Updates from Friday, April 4

The agent of Schumacher, Sabine Kehm, delivered a significant update on Friday, reported by Eurosport:

Mercedes sent a message of support for the German on Friday:

Updates from Thursday, April 3

Schumacher's agent delivered a cautiously optimistic update on Thursday, insisting the family still has hope he will make a recovery.

Agent Sabine Kehm said of Schumacher's condition, per the Mirror's Byron Young: "There are signs that give us encouragement."

Kehm also rubbished reports that the family is preparing to move him out of hospital, saying: "The rumours that Corinna remodels her house to bring the supposedly 'hopeless case Michael' home, are absolutely groundless."

Original Text

An ex-Formula One chief doctor says that due to "serious lapses in judgement," Michael Schumacher was airlifted to the wrong hospital after hitting his head in a skiing accident.

The poor judgement, which caused vital hours to be lost in the race to save the driver's life, "could, and almost certainly did, worsen the outcome in Michael's case," and he now faces a "terribly dismal prognosis."

Gary Hartstein served in the medical role from 2005 to 2012 and told The Sun (h/t Daily Mail's Allan Hall), that Schumacher should have been taken straight to a facility with brain specialists instead of a local clinic.

Hartstein says: "You do not take patients with a suspected head injury to hospitals that do not have neuro-surgical capability."

Now, as Hall learned from Hartstein, "the world is witnessing the long goodbye of motorsport's legendary figure."

Marius Becker/Associated Press

Schumacher was on a low-speed ski run in the French resort of Meribel on Dec. 29, where a fall caused him to hit his head on a rock. The F1 driver was initially taken to Moutiers before then being moved to Grenoble University Hospital, where he has remained in an artificially induced coma ever since.

Claude Paris/Associated Press

The former F1 medical figure maintains a medical blog, where he posted, per Allan's report:

It is possible that the staff at Grenoble feel duty-bound to NOT place any pressure on the family to transfer out, despite the terribly dismal prognosis . . . because of the clear (but unquantifiable) contribution of medical misjudgement to that prognosis.

As time goes on it becomes less and less likely that Michael will emerge to any significant extent. ...

And whereas I worried more than a bit about what was going to happen when and if really bad news got announced, I’ve realised that perhaps the lack of status updates has given us all a chance to move on a bit, to process what’s happening, and to start to . . . detach.

Hartstein's candid words add to months of speculation regarding what kind of life Schumacher might be able to expect, if he were to ever emerge from his coma.

Claude Paris/Associated Press

Allan's report goes on to allege that various German journalists have notified Schumacher's wife Corinna that her spouse will never awaken from his vegetative state and that "only a miracle can now save him."

In tribute to his countryman, reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel recently wore Schumacher's initials on his helmet during second practice for the Australian GP earlier in March, per BBC Sport:

The last official update to Schumacher's website came from his family, who declared the F1 legend "will not give up," and that they continue to receive the prayers of the sporting world for his recovery.


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