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Sunday, December 29, 2013


16.02.2016:There has been little information(official) revealed about the 47-year-old Michael Schumacher and his recovery. Speaking at the opening of an exhibition of memorabilia from Schumacher's private collection in Marburg, Germany, Kehm said:

"He is the most successful driver in history and sometimes, on days like this, it is good to be reminded of it. Of course, Michael is not here and of course we miss him. We know what has happened and cannot change it."

"We must accept it and hope with everything we have that with continued support and patience he will one day be back with us. Racing was his life and no one would have liked to have been here more than him."

09.09.2014: Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has left a Swiss hospital and will continue his recovery at home. The seven-time F1 champion suffered a serious head injury while skiing in France at the end of December.

"Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months," his manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement. "There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead. We ask that the privacy of Michael's family continue to be respected, and that speculations about his state of health are avoided."

16.06.2014: Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has left Grenoble hospital, his manager Sabine Kehm has confirmed. Schumacher had been at Grenoble since the end of December when he suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps. Doctors tried to start waking Schumacher from a medically-induced coma at the end of January and Kehm today confirmed in a statement that he is now out of his coma. There are no further details as to Schumacher's condition or where he will continue his rehabilitation following nearly six months the University Hospital in Grenoble.

"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 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."
04.04.2014: Michael Schumacher's manager has played down reports that suggest the F1 legend's chances of recovery are now looking slim, throw statement for German Newspaper Bild. It was reported that the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver's wife is currently arranging for a medical suite to be added to their Swiss home, so that Schumacher can continue his now more than three-month coma away from the Grenoble hospital. It was suggested Corinna Schumacher plans to take her husband home because doctors believe his chances of ever recovering are now slim.

But Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm denied even that a medical suite is being built at the mansion on Lake Geneva.

"The rumours that Corinna is remodelling her house to take the supposedly hopeless Michael home are absolutely groundless".

German newspaper said the only construction occurring at the Schumacher house at present is a house for the seven time world champion's father Rolf.

Kehm also denied that Schumacher is now entering a permanently vegetative state, after three months in artificial coma.

"Michael is making progress on his way. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening. We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident."

"We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies. At the same time we again ask for understanding that we do not intend to disclose details. This is necessary to protect the privacy of Michael and his family, and to enable the medical team to work in full calmness."

12.03.2014: Sabine Kehm: "We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and wake up. There are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient. Michael has suffered severe injuries. It is very hard to comprehend for all of us that Michael, who had overcome a lot of precarious situations in the past, has been hurt so terribly in such a banal situation."

"It was clear from the start that this will be a long and hard fight for Michael. We are taking this fight on together with the team of doctors, whom we fully trust. The length of the process is not the important part for us."

"It is heart-warming to see how much sympathy his family is shown and I can say that the family is extremely grateful for it. However, it should not be forgotten that Michael's family is dealing with an extremely intimate and fragile situation. And I would like to remind all of us that Michael has always actively kept his family out of the public eye and consequently protected their private lives."

17.02.2014: The investigation into former Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher's skiing accident has now been closed. A probe was launched last month following the seven-time champion's accident in the French Alps at the end of December. Albertville prosecutor Patrick Quincy, the man in charge of the investigation, said on Monday "no person has been found guilty of any violation".

"The investigation into the causes and consequences of the December 29 skiing accident of Michael Schumacher has been closed on February 12," said Quincy in a statement.

Schumacher underwent two operations and has been in a coma since the crash. Doctors in the Grenoble hospital where Schumacher is being treated said at the end of last month that they were starting the waking up process. No further updates on Schumacher's condition have been released since then.

30.1.2014: Michael Schumacher's doctors have begun to reduce the seven-time Formula 1 world champion's sedation to begin what they describe as "the waking up process". His management issued a statement on Thursday announcing that steps towards him waking him from the coma had begun, but that the process could be long.

"Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take a long time. For the protection of the family, it was originally agreed by the interested parties to communicate this information only once this process was consolidated."

"The family of Michael Schumacher is again requesting to respect its privacy and the medical secrets, and to not disturb the doctors treating Michael in their work. At the same time, the family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the worldwide sympathy."

17.1.2014: Sabine Kehm brakes silence, another official media release in which she has urged his supporters to ignore speculation from some sections of the media and Michael Schumacher remains in a stable condition in hospital. He has been in a medically induced coma in Grenoble hospital since the fall.

"Unfortunately I have to repeat that any information regarding Michael's health not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as pure speculation."

"I also repeat that 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 as stable."

7.1.2014: Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna has asked the media to leave the Grenoble hospital where the seven-time Formula 1 champion is being treated.

"Please support us in our common fight with Michael. It is important to me that you leave the doctors and the hospital so that they can work in peace."

"I ask you to trust their statements and leave the clinic. Please leave our family in peace." 
6.1.2014: University Hospital in Grenoble issued an additional written update on Monday, confirmed Schumacher's condition continued to be critical but remained stable. The medical team in Grenoble also made clear that no further updates on Schumacher would be delivered "for the time being" and that when they were only reports from the hospital and the ex-driver's management were valid.

"The privacy of the statement demands that we are not going into details of his treatment, and this is why we do not plan any press conferences, nor give out written press releases, anymore for the time being. We again insistently ask you to stick to the information given by the medical team in charge of the patient or his management, as this is the only valid information."

French prosecutors investigating the skiing accident confirmed that they will hold a press conference in the Alpine town of Albertville on Wednesday at 11:00 CET to provide an update into their findings into the incident. Investigators are focusing on the ex-F1 driver's speed when he fell and slammed his head on a rock on a small off-piste section of the Meribel ski resort, prompting his evacuation by helicopter to the Alpine city of Grenoble.

Prosecutors are also looking at whether the limits of the ski runs next to the accident site were correctly marked and whether the rock in question was lying close enough to the piste to require some kind of protection or signage.

They are also examining whether the safety releases on Schumacher's skis operated properly in an investigation aimed at determining responsibility for the accident.. 

4.1.2014 Michael Schumacher's management has urged that speculative reports about the seven-time Formula 1 world champion's condition should be disregarded. His manager Sabine Kehm issued 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"

"In consultation with the doctors treating Michael, it is not expected there there will be any press conference before Monday. Michael's helmet camera was voluntarily given to the investigating authorities by the family. That this should have been done against the wishes of the family is untrue."

"We ask you to respect the continued privacy of the family."
2.1.2014 There was no further update as to Schumacher's condition on Thursday, with his manager saying on Wednesday that there would not be another press conference until there is further news to report.

Ferrari says it plans to hold an event in Grenoble to mark Michael Schumacher's birthday on Friday while he remains in a coma in hospital.

"In these difficult days and on the occasion of his birthday the Scuderia Ferrari Clubs want to show their support for Michael Schumacher, organising tomorrow a silent and respectful event all in red at the Grenoble University Hospital Center."

Schumacher's family did issue a message on his official website, thanking fans for their support and adding: "We all know he is a fighter and will not give up."

Get well soon Schumi / Ein Gutes Besserung!
1.1.2014 Another media release from Sabine Kehm has confirmed Michael Schumacher's condition remained 'stable' throughout his fourth day of being kept in an induced coma.

Kehm, Schumacher's long-time press aide, said there will be no official comment from his neurosurgery team on Wednesday as has been the case for the past two days:

"Michael's condition has been carefully supervised all the night and has remained stable also this morning. For the moment, the good news for today is that we will not hold a press conference because there are no significant changes. Still, the condition overall is critical."
31.12 Press from the University Hospital of Grenoble:
Jacqueline Hubert, Grenoble Hospital director general: "Very late in the evening, Monday, another brain scan was carried out and we could see a slight improvement and allowed us to tell the family that we would be able to have another surgical intervention to reduce the hematoma and that surgical intervention took place overnight. A new scan was carried out this morning, Tuesday, and it shows slight improvements, slight radiological improvements."

Professor Jean-Francois Payen, head anaesthetician: "At the end of yesterday afternoon we had an improvement of intracranial pressure and we were able to carry out a scan without taking any kind on unnecessary risk. That scan showed a few signs that were relatively stable and I would like to underline that – in other words we had no sign that there was a worsening on of the initial legions. At that moment, talking to our neurological surgeons, taking into consideration his state had slightly improved, we suggested we would carry out a surgical intervention that had not been originally envisioned but that allowed us in the evening to treat in a more efficient fashion and in a more radical fashion to try and eliminate this intracranial pressure"

"This was carried out during the night with relatively good efficiency which allowed his this morning to look at new images and we were able to see that this hematoma had been evacuated in a very correct and very satisfactory fashion and we now have a few signs that currently can allow us to feel that it is better controlled than it was yesterday [Monday]. The situation is better controlled than it was yesterday, but we are unable to say that he is out of danger, however, we now have slightly more, we have gained a bit of time, with regard to development, but once again the coming hours are still critical."

"This surgical intervention helped us to control the situation better and it is slightly better than yesterday, but to say he is out of danger, that I can’t answer. We haven’t reduced the treatment, he still remains in a coma and for the moment there is absolutely no question of evaluating from a neurological point of view and seeing how he will be when he wakes up. At the moment we still have some other problems and some other treatments that have to be made."

Emmanuel Gay, Chief neurologist professor: "This was not the hematoma that had been removed the night before, this was a hematoma that was actually in the brain itself, but all the parameters last night allowed us to eliminate it and therefore together we decided to do so and at the same time to reduce intracranial pressure. On the control scan that was carried out this morning the levels of intracranial pressure have improved, but the scan does show there are other legions on other parts of the brain and those legions are going to be supervised and followed up of course. We can’t for the moment envisage much more – we are just going to be regularly supervising the situation on an hourly basis and that is all we can say today, Tuesday."

30.12 Press from the University Hospital of Grenoble:
"When he arrived he had a serious brain injury and was in a coma. He still remains in a critical condition. He was immediately operated on after the first scan. For the moment we are not able to express ourselves in regards to Michael Schumacher's future."

"He's been given an artificial coma. His situation is considered to be critical. He was operated on only once. We're not able to speak about after-effects, just treatment. We're working hour-by-hour."

"His condition is considered to be extremely serious and he's intensive care. We're working altogether day and night by his bedside but it's far too early in terms of prognosis. We don't intend to carry out a second operation - we don't feel it's necessary at the moment."

Statement from the University Hospital of Grenoble:
"Mr Schumacher was admitted to the University Hospital of Grenoble at 12:40pm, following a skiing accident which occurred in Meribel in the late morning. He suffered a severe head injury with coma on arrival, which required immediate neurosurgical intervention. He remains in a critical situation."

Hospital sources say that the Formula 1 legend's wife, Corinna, son, Mick, 14, with whom he was skiing when he fell, and daughter Gina-Marie are all at his bedside.

Seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher is in hospital after a skiing accident.According to the French Mountain Gendarmerie, Schumacher was wearing a helmet when fell and sustained a "relatively serious" head injury. He was reportedly treated at a local hospital near Meribel before being transferred to hospital in Grenoble.

The former racing driver's spokeswomen Sabine Kehm said in a statement: "Michael fell on his head when he was on a private skiing trip in the French Alps. He was taken to hospital and is receiving professional medical attention. We ask for understanding that we cannot give out continuous information about his health. He was wearing a helmet and was not alone. No one else was involved in the fall."