Michael Schumacher updateLive

Doctors say Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life following a skiing accident in France. The seven-time F1 champion remains in a coma and his medical team say they are working "hour by hour".

30 December 2013

Live Reporting

  1. 1124: 

    So, that is the latest news from the hospital treating Michael Schumacher, with the German now getting expert care.

    We will be across the story on the BBC Sport website from here on.

  2. 1114: 

    Coulthard on the BBC News Channel: "Skiing is statistically more dangerous than driving motorcars or motorbikes.

    "People can hope and pray for him, but they can do so in the knowledge that he had has the best medical attention and quickly, and if anyone can pull through it's Michael Schumacher."

  3. 1112: 

    David Coulthard has dismissed the notion that Schumacher's accident was down to his desire to seek new thrills after his retirement from racing.

    The former F1 star said on the BBC News Channel: "If anyone knows how to muster inner strength and determination then there's no doubt in my mind Michael Schumacher is the man to do it.

    "A lot of people probably think racing drivers are thrill seekers and risk takers, but Michael was, as other drivers are, risk averse. It's all about finding the limits of your car, and staying within the limits. Because if you go beyond the limits you lose time. That's what grand prix racing is all about."

  4. 1109: 

    Former Red Bull driver Mark Webber is thinking of Schumacher: "My thoughts are with Michael and his family at this tricky time."

  5. 1107: 

    Olympic rowing champion Sir Matthew Pinsent wrote: "Come on Michael Schumacher - thinking positive thoughts for him."

  6. 1106: 

    Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan put the nation's Ashes woes in perspective, posting on Twitter: "Forget the cricket... Everyone's thoughts should be with Michael Schumacher..."

  7. 1104: 

    Belli added: "The bleeding in itself could be quite serious because, unfortunately, when the brain has been bruised, it can carry on bleeding for quite some time during the surgery itself."

  8. 1103: 

    More from brain specialist Tony Belli, who was talking to ITV's Daybreak: "From what we know, he is in a critical state and in intensive care at the moment. It's likely he will be on a breathing machine with complex monitoring equipment around him and he's likely to be in a coma still.

    "Initially, from what I gather, he was talking and trying to reassure people but then he became unconscious quite rapidly.

    "That would suggest that he probably had brain swelling and that's something that can happen quite often - people initially seem to be OK, and then the brain begins to swell up and things get more serious."

  9. 1101: 

    Former F1 doctor Gary Hartstein explains Schumacher's current situation: "He is likely receiving anaesthetic doses of several medicines with a goal to keeping his brain at rest."

  10. 1100: 

    Mercedes are praying for their former driver: "Michael has amazing fighting spirit. We are sending him all our strength for this most important battle

  11. 1059: 

    Stars from other sports have also expressed their concern and good wishes. Schumacher's fellow German, tennis legend Boris Becker, said: "Let us all pray for Michael for a full and speedy recovery."

  12. 1058: 

    Traumatic brain injury specialist Tony Belli, a consultant at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, said a sudden decline was typical of brain swelling: "You're dealing with a swollen brain, and often the brain bleeds quite easily.

    "The brain is very friable and it obviously has to be handled with a lot of care, particularly when it's swollen - it can actually sustain further damage during the operation itself."

  13. 1055: 

    Johnny Herbert is hopeful the German will recover: "Shocking news on the 7 time F1 Champion Michael Schumacher. The strength you showed on track will get you through this mate."

  14. 1053: 

    Another modern F1 great Fernando Alonso has also sent Schumacher a message.

    He says: "Get well soon Michael! Hope to hear some positive news very soon! #strongman."

  15. 1050: 
    Michael Schumacher

    Let's have a quick reminder of Schumacher's brilliant career. The German won seven world championships and racked up a record 91 Grand Prix victories and 68 pole positions in a career that spanned drives with Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes.

  16. 1046: 

    As the doctors continue to treat Schumacher, his Formula One colleagues are continuing to rally round.

    Former champion Jenson Button: "My thoughts are with Michael Schumacher at this tough time.. Michael more than anyone has the strength to pull through this."

  17. 1043:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Finally Catherine McMahon explained: "Considering the severity of the injury he's had, without his helmet it seems very unlikely he would have survived the impact."

  18. 1038:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Catherine McMahon continued: "Michael Schumacher was agitated when he was admitted. That's significant as it is a measure of your consciousness level.

    "It does sound, though it is difficult to know whether he had a clot on the surface of his brain, but they have mentioned that he has lesions within the brain. The agitation suggests that his conscious level when he first came in was deteriorating."

  19. 1034:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Catherine McMahon added: "The induced coma he's in is to try and stabilise the pressure within the brain, to try and prevent secondary brain damage from occurring. It's likely Michael Schumacher will remain in an induced coma for several days, and really the outcome is very, very unclear at this stage. It must be a very difficult time for his family."

  20. 1031:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Catherine McMahon, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Clinical Lead for Trauma at The Walton Centre in Liverpool tells 5 live: "An injury is sustained to the brain, after which point patients can develop a swelling of the brain and secondary brain damage.

    "It sounds like Michael Schumacher may have had to have had an operation to reduce swelling, what we would then do is monitor. We'd place a monitor inside the brain to measure the pressure and try and keep that pressure normal, to try and prevent further brain damage from occurring."

  21. 1029: 

    This is a view of the French ski resort of Meribel, where Schumacher owns a chalet.

    The French ski resort of Meribel where Michael Schumacher owns a chalet
  22. 1025:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Ferrari engineer Smedley added: "What he represented was the fight, the spirit and the absolute determination to win. Second was never good enough. He pushed everyone else along, and that's what's giving me a lot of hope right now. He's lying in a hospital bed in Grenoble and he needs that fighting spirit to pull through."

  23. 1022:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Ferrari engineer Rob Smedley tells BBC Radio 5 live: "This is not a very comfortable time. My thoughts and prayers are with Michael, from me and all his friends in the industry.

    "His family must be going through an awful time. But if you wanted someone to fight for their life then Michael Schumacher would be that person, because he is extremely fit but also a very mentally tough character. The best guy is on the bed there, fighting for his life. "

  24. 1019: 

    More on some of the key people caring for Schumacher.

    Professor Gerard Saillant is a close ally and friend of Schumacher and his former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt.

    Saillant is an expert in brain and spine injury. He oversaw Schumacher's medical care when the German broke his leg in the 1999 British Grand Prix.

  25. 1015: 
    The hospital in Grenoble where Schumacher is being treated

    The news conference has now come to a close, with doctors saying they hope to be able to give a further update later today.

  26. 1014: 

    A consultant added: "He is under local anaesthetic at the moment to reduce any stimulus. It was quite a big trauma to the head.

    "What we observed initially was an impact to the right side of the head. He was agitated when he came in. He had some spontaneous movements and wasn't in a normal state when he came in."

  27. 1011: 

    Schumacher is under the care of Professor Gerard Saillant, a brain and spinal injury expert who is also president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) Institute.

  28. 1010: 

    At the news conference Professor Stéphane Chabarde said: "I came here not in terms of a doctor but as a friend. I'd like to thank everyone for the support and the excellent medical team who treated him so well.

    "I am very worried just like his family, we are very worried about his condition. the doctors won't tell you more because they can't tell you more, they are working hour by hour.

    "This kind of accident, luckily he's 45 which is better than if you were older."

  29. 1009: 

    Bild reporters said Ross Brawn, the Briton who worked with Schumacher at Ferrari and Mercedes as technical director and team principal respectively, had arrived in Grenoble.

  30. 1007: 

    Professor Stephane Chabarde said: "The helmet wasn't enough to protect him completely but it really did help. We see a lot of head injuries like this."

  31. 1006: 

    Professor Payen: "We have very good medical procedures and we did actually treat him very quickly and give him what he needed very quickly."

  32. 1005: 

    Professor Payen added: "We are in constant contact with his family that are by his bedside. At this moment we don't see he is going to need a second operation."

  33. 1004: 

    Professor Payen continued: "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.

    "We think his helmet did help, without a helmet he wouldn't be here now."

  34. 1000: 

    Chief anesthesiologist professor Jean-Francois Payen added: "I'd say this accident happened in the right place because he was taken into hospital immediately and operated on as soon as he arrived, this meant his state is critical and he is still in a coma and he will be kept in a coma.

    "Everything that needed to be done has been done at the moment we can't really say when he will recover, we cannot answer this yet."

  35. 0959: 

    A spokesman for the hospital said: "Michael Schumacher was the victim of very serious trauma. He was very agitated when he arrived and we decided he was in a critical situation and he quickly went into a coma.

    "The neurosurgical treatment he received brought us quite a lot of information. We had to operate urgently to release some pressure in his head. Unfortunately, he has some lesions within his brain."

  36. 0958: 

    Schumacher's former Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa, who himself recovered from life-threatening head injuries sustained at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009, writes on Instagram: "I am praying for you my brother! I hope you have a quick recovery! God bless you Michael."

  37. 0955: 

    There have been plenty of messages of support for Schumacher.

    Martin Brundle, who was Schumacher's team-mate at Benetton in 1992 and 1993, earlier said: "Let's hope Michael Schumacher's ski shunt is not too bad and that he's totally fixable. He's a crazy brave skydiving/bike racing daredevil."

    Hours later, when the full extent of Schumacher's injuries had become clear, he urged: "Come on Michael, give us one of those race stints at pure qualifying pace to win through, like you used to. You can do it."

  38. 0952: 
    The Dent de Burgin peak in Meribel near to where Schumacher suffered his accident

    Schumacher had the accident at the French ski resort of Meribel.

    The seven-time Formula 1 champion was quickly seen by two ski patrollers who requested helicopter evacuation to the nearby valley town of Moutiers.

    From there he was moved to the bigger facility at Grenoble, in south-east France. His wife Corinna and two children are with him.

  39. 0951: 

    There have been in French and German media saying that the F1 legend underwent a second operation during the night.

    Germany's Bild tabloid reported that his condition had worsened and surgeons had drilled holes in his skull to reduce the pressure on his brain.

  40. 0949: 

    Schumacher suffered serious brain trauma after an accident when skiing off-piste with his son in the French Alps on Sunday morning.

    The 44-year-old German was wearing a helmet when he fell and hit his head against a rock. He was rushed to hospital but was in a coma on arrival and underwent immediate surgery.

  41. 0947: 

    Good morning. We are going to be heading to University Hospital of Grenoble soon to get an update on the condition of Michael Schumacher, who is in a critical condition after a skiing accident.

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