The condition of Michael Schumacher is “stable” which is “good news”, the manager of the seven-time Formula One champion said today.
Speaking to journalists in front of the Grenoble university hospital, Sabine Kehm said Schumacher had spent a stable night and morning after the second operation on his serious head injuries in the early hours of yesterday.
“His condition remains stable this morning. At the moment this is good news but I don't want to go into further prospects as it is too early. He is still in an artificial coma,” said Ms Kehm. There would not be full press conference attended by doctors, she said, until there was a significant change in the retired German driver’s condition.
Doctors performed a successful operation to reduce bruising in the brain of Schumacher, 44, late on Monday night and early yesterday, improving the condition of the former Formula One champion but leaving his hopes of recovery uncertain. He is being maintained in an artificially-induced coma to allow time for the bruising and swelling in his brain to ease.
Schumacher fell, striking his head on a rock, while skiing in deep snow between two official pistes at Meribel in the French Alps on Sunday morning. His helmet split in two but saved him from even worse injuries.
Ms Kehm has denied suggestions that Schumacher, who was skiing with his 14 years old son Mick and a group of friends, had been travelling at high speed or taking risks. “They were skiing on pistes, but in the moment that it (the accident) happened, it was not on the piste,” she said on Tuesday. She said that he appeared to have struck a hidden rock in the snow and had been thrown against another rock.
The French state prosecutor in Albertville has opened an investigation to try to discover the cause of the accident.
Career in Pictures: Michael Schumacher
Career in Pictures: Michael Schumacher
1/17 February 2006
Michael Schumacher is seen in the pits during a training session at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste near Valencia in 2006
2/17 November 1994
Hugging two team mechanics in delight for becoming World Champion Driver after the Australian Grand Prix at the Adelaide circuit in November 1994
3/17 October 1995
Flavio Briatore carries a jubilant Michael after he wins the Pacific F1 Grand Prix at Aida in Japan, and wins his second World Drivers Championshp
4/17 February 1996
Schmacher pushes his Ferrari back to the pits after engine trouble left him stranded at the entrance of the pitlane during pre-season testing at Estoril, Portugal
5/17 March 1996
During the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne
6/17 March 1997
Michael Schumacher in the pit lane during the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia
7/17 October 2000
Celebrating on the podium after winning the formula one world championship at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, Japan
8/17 July 2006
Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari leads the pack into the first corner at the start of the French Formula One Grand Prix at the Nevers Magny-Cours Circuit
Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images
9/17 October 2010
Michael Schumacher drives during the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit
Clive Mason/Getty Images
10/17 October 2011
Michael Schumacher and Mercedes GP waves to the crowd as he attends the drivers parade before the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit on October 30, 2011 in Noida, India
11/17 December 2011
Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher celebrate after winning the Nations Cup at day one of the race of champions event at the Esprit Arena
12/17 June 2012
Michael Schumacher drives at the Valencia Street Circuit on June 22, 2012 in Valencia during the first practice race of the European Formula One Grand Prix
13/17 September 2012
Michael Schumacher crashes into the back of Jean-Eric Vergne of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix in September 2012
14/17 November 2012
Schumacher drives in his last race during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace
Mark Thompson/Getty Images
15/17 December 2013
Deputy director Jean Marc Grenier talks to media outside the CHU Nord hospital in Grenoble, French Alps
16/17 December 2013
Members of the staff are seen outside the emergency services at the CHU Nord hospital in Grenoble, French Alps; this is the hospital where retired seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is reported to be hospitalized after a ski accident
17/17 December 2013
A Scuderia Ferrari and Michael Schumacher fan waits, on December 29, in Grenoble, in front of the emergency department of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire hospital