While the world waits, former formula one champion, Michael Schumacher, remains in an induced coma in the French University Hospital of Grenoble in a critical life-threatening situation.
A day-and-a-half after suffering a severe head injury while skiing at the French resort of Meribel, the racing legend’s life remains in the balance.
Dr Jean-François Payen, the chief anaesthetist at Grenoble University Hospital said, "We can say he is fighting for his life".
“We judge him to be in a very serious situation. We cannot tell what the outcome will be yet. We are working hour-by-hour but it's too early to say what is going to happen and to have a prognosis.”
Surgeons at the hospital operated immediately to remove a life-threatening blood clot, a haematoma caused by bleeding of the brain, but also found “a great number of lesions”, severe bruising of the brain tissue – cerebral contusions - and fluid.
Reports however that the hospital has operated a second time would not appear to be correct.
Neurosurgeon Professor Stephan Chabardes, who operated on Schumacher, said Schumacher’s arms and legs were jerking uncontrollably and he was not responding verbally prior to being placed in an induced coma before arrival at the hospital.
"On his arrival we examined him clinically and we realised he was in a serious condition, in a coma, with in fact cranial pressure. The brain scan showed a number of pieces of information, some intercranial haematoma but also some cerebral contusions and oedema."
The hospital added he would most certainly have been killed had he not been wearing a helmet.
His wife Corinna remains at his bedside with his two children, the hospital said.
"We would like to thank the medical team who, we know, (are doing) everything possible to help Michael," she said in a statement.
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