​Michael Schumacher’s Condition Still Very Critical​​

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March 1, 2021

Michael Schumacher’s condition is getting worse, and if word doesn’t come from his family, management or medical teams, it should not be taken as fact. Schumacher is still recovering from a tragic skiing accident.

However, the Formula One driver is making headlines in Germany’s Focus magazine and a few other outlets, claiming that doctors at Grenoble University Hospital had abandoned the process of waking the seven-time World Champion from the coma that’s gripped him since a skiing accident on December 29.

Focus originally claimed that unforeseen complications had arisen, forcing doctors to put the delicate process of waking Schumacher on hold. That decision left some informed observers, like former F1 medical delegate Dr. Gary Hartstein, rather confused.

As it turned out, the confusion was warranted, with Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, going so far as to issue a statement saying the German’s condition was “unchanged.”

“This phase can take a long time, which, much to our regret, can lead to many misinterpretations,” Kehm said, according to The Daily Mail.

Schumacher has been in the hospital for nearly eight weeks. It’s been three weeks since doctors decided to begin withdrawing sedation in a bid to wake the German driver up, and less than two weeks since reports that Schumacher had contracted and beaten pneumonia.

Skiing Accident

Schumacher, the most successful driver in Formula 1 history, suffered severe head trauma from the skiing accident in the French Alps in late December. The 44-year-old German, who retired from the elite motorsport for the second time in 2012, fell and hit his head on a rock, said the director of the Meribel resort where Schumacher was skiing. Schumacher was in a coma when he arrived at the University Hospital Center of Grenoble and required immediate brain surgery, hospital officials said in a written statement.

Schumacher made his F1 debut in 1991 and had won a record seven world titles by the time of his first retirement in 2006 — five of those with Ferrari. He returned to the track with the revived Mercedes team in 2010, but struggled to repeat his earlier glories. His best finish was third place at last year’s European Grand Prix in Valencia, his only podium position in three seasons with the German manufacturer.