Michael Schumacher Improves, Still Fighting for Life

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Former F1 driver Michael Schumacher continues to fight for his life today in hospital following an off-piste skiing accident on Sunday.

Today, doctors said that a scan showed a slight improvement following a second operation to reduce the swelling on his brain. Despite the change following the two-hour operation, they are unable to say he is out of danger. Schumacher has now spent two nights in hospital.

The racing champion was airlifted on Sunday from Meribel, a French resort, after sustaining a hard fall where his head hit a rock. Schumacher was wearing a helmet at the time.

During a press conference yesterday, doctors said they would not proceed with a second operation. At the time, they had carried out an initial procedure to eliminate an extradural hematoma to reduce pressure on his brain. A scan – apparently following that press conference – showed that a hematoma within the left of the brain was accessible to eliminate without risk, so his family decided to act on the window of opportunity.

Initial reports from the resort suggested that Schumacher was conscious after the accident but in shock, unable to respond to questions. By the time he arrived at the hospital in Grenoble where he is being treated, he was in a coma. At the time of the accident, Schumacher was skiing with one of his sons. His wife and two children are currently at the hospital with him.

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

More by Luke Vandezande

Join the conversation