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Update: Schumacher Has Second Brain Operation

John Sturbin | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Sunday, December 29 2013

Michael Schumacher is in a coma following a skiing accident in France.

Michael Schumacher has undergone a second operation to remove another hematoma on his injured brain, reducing inter-cranial pressure the former Formula 1 World Driving Champion sustained in a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday.

While Schumacher’s condition reportedly has shown slight improvement, the seven-time champion remained in an induced coma in critical condition.

According to a report originally appearing in Autosport.com, the medical team at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble performed the second procedure at 10 p.m. on Monday after examinations revealed an unexpected improvement in the German’s condition. After consulting with Schumacher’s family, the medical team was able to access a large hematoma on the left side of his brain.

Schumacher, 44, was injured when he fell and hit his helmeted head on a rock while skiing with his 14-year-old son on unmarked slopes at the French resort Meribel early Sunday morning.

“There was one hematoma that was larger and more accessible, so we were able to get rid of it without any risk,” Dr. Emmanual Gray said. “Thanks to that we were better able to control inter-cranial pressure. There’s still a lot of hemorrhaging.”

The medical team reiterated that because a number of lesions remain on Schumacher’s brain it is impossible to make a recovery prognosis. Schumacher will remain in the induced coma for as long as necessary, although he is in a more stable condition than during the previous 24 hours.

“We have a strategy to correct a number of anomalies that continue and we want to give ourselves some time during this phase of stability,” Professor Jean-Francois Payen said. “There are some important matters we need to think about for the future.”

Schumacher retired from F1 for a second time after the 2012 season following a lackluster three-year stint with the Mercedes AMG team. “The Great Schumi” racked up seven world championships, 91 wins, 68 poles, 155 podium finishes, 19 consecutive podium results and 5,071 laps-led. He shares the record for most single-season wins at 13 with four-time/reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who tied his fellow-countryman and boyhood idol with a victory for Infiniti Red Bull Racing/Renault in the 2013 season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

A star of Mercedes’ endurance sports car racing program in the late 1980s, Schumacher made his F1 debut in 1991 and compiled his seven championships by time of his first retirement in 2006. Five of those titles were scored with Scuderia Ferrari, F1’s most glamorous team.

Schumacher returned to F1 with Mercedes AMG in 2010, but struggled to repeat his earlier successes. His only podium was a third-place during the 2012 European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain.

– John Sturbin can be reached at jsturbin@racintoday.com

John Sturbin | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Sunday, December 29 2013
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