Sunday, April 20, 2014   

Physicians guarded on Schumacher’s condition
(12-30 19:17)

Doctors treating Michael Schumacher refused to predict the outcome for the former Formula One driver, saying they were taking his very critical head injury “hour by hour'' following his off-piste ski accident.
Chief anesthesiologist Jean-Francois Payen said the German is still in a medically induced coma. He said the medical team was focusing only on his current condition.
“We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher,'' Payen said. “It's too soon to talk about.''
Schumacher, who is the most successful driver in Formula One history, arrived at the Grenoble University Hospital Center a day earlier already in a coma and immediately underwent brain surgery. Payen said he remains in critical condition, with severe bruising on his brain, AP reports.
On Sunday morning, the German driver was skiing with his son in the French Alpine resort of Meribel when he fell and hit his head on a rock. He was wearing a helmet at the time, but the doctors said it was clearly not sufficient to prevent a serious brain injury.
“Someone who had suffered this accident without a helmet would not have made it this far,'' Payen said.
The area where Schumacher was skiing is part of a web of trails that slice down through a vast and, in parts, very steep snowfield. Although challenging, the snowfield is not extreme skiing: The runs are broad and neatly tended, and the ungroomed area in between, known as off-piste, is free of trees.
Schumacher was conscious when first responders arrived on the scene, although agitated and in shock, according to the resort. He was first airlifted to a local hospital and then later brought to Grenoble for more extensive treatment.
His wife and other family members are by his bedside.
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