Former motor racing world champion Michael Schumacher is in a coma following a skiing accident in France – and doctors say they “cannot predict his future”.
The 44-year-old German is fighting for his life at a hospital in Grenoble and surgeons are working “hour by hour” to save him.
At a press conference this morning, in Grenoble, doctors said he had suffered many lesions to his brain and his prognosis was unclear.
Surgeons operated to remove a blood clot in his brain and are now trying to reduce “dangerous swelling”, meaning his condition could go either way.
The hospital revealed that Schumacher was being kept in a state of hypothermia by controlling his temperature to keep it at 34C-35C (93.2F-95F).
He is under general anaesthetic in an induced coma.
“He’s in a critical situation – this is considered to be extremely serious,” Chief Anaesthetist Jean-Francois Payen told journalists.
The doctor said that Schumacher’s family were at his bedside and friends had flown in to the hospital to lend their support.
“We are working day and night at his bedside,” Dr Payen said. “It is too early to say anything as far as prognosis is concerned,” he added.
Neurosurgeon Stephan Chabardes said an emergency brain scan had revealed internal bleeding, and injuries including contusions and lesions… see more