Posted on December 29, 2013

It has now become clear how severe the situation is for seven times world champion Michael Schumacher, following his ski accident this morning.

According to a statement this evening from the hospital in Grenoble where he is being treated, the German is in a “critical” condition, in an induced coma following emergency surgery to reduce swelling in the brain.

The next 48 hours are critical, according to neurological experts, to observe whether the swelling continues or not. After that neurological tests can be carried out to assess what damage the brain has sustained.

Schumacher was skiing off piste in one of Meribel’s most challenging ski areas, when he fell and struck his head on a rock. He was wearing a helmet but the blow was severe. He was taken first to a local hospital and then airlifted to Grenoble.

“Mr Schumacher was admitted.. at 12-40 following a ski accident at Meribel this morning,” said a statement from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble.

“He was suffering from a serious brain trauma with a coma when he arrived, which necessitated an immediate neurological intervention.

“He remains in a critical condition.”

Schumacher “critical” as surgeons induce coma following ski accident
142 Responses

  1.   1. Posted By: Stephen Taylor
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:03 am 

    Please pull through Michael.


    J Reply:

    To anyone wondering what it was like to lose Senna at the time, image a news bulletin tomorrow that announces Schumacher is clinically dead. But that during a heated season.

    This reminds me of that day in May 1994.

    Schumacher also has an air of steel around him like Senna did. A prayer that he pulls through this. Get well soon Schumacher.


  2.   2. Posted By: Sammy
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:03 am 

    Get well soon champ!
    So sad to hear – this man was part of my youth.


  3.   3. Posted By: Anne
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:04 am 

    This is horrible news. I´m very sad right now


  4.   4. Posted By: Blaize
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:05 am 

    I just keep telling myself that Massa went into a coma too and he came out fine.

    But I’ve been extremely dissapointed in how the news of all this has been handled. So many differing statements.

    I hope this ends well, he is a legend of the sport and I hope to see him around it for many years to come


    Garrett Bruce Reply:

    This sounds like an approach (procedure/treatment) similar to what they did for Mike Hakinen (sp?) when he crashed the McLaren heavily in the late 90′s and even though it was highly experimental (as remembered) at that time he apparently recovered rather well.

    Gives hope for similar results for M.S.


    Roth Reply:

    Mika Hakkinen for spelling. And 1995 to specificy the year. :)


  5.   5. Posted By: Richard
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:06 am 

    Horrible to read about the worsening situation for Schumacher. Thinking of him and hoping they can control things and he’ll make a full recovery.


  6.   6. Posted By: Domenico
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:06 am 

    The prayers of all motor sport fans worldwide are with the Schumacher family at this time.

    I hope the media can respect their privacy and provide the space they need to navigate through this terrible period.

    God Bless you Michael for all you have given to the F1 world and all that you still have to give to the world in general.

    This is but another challenge for you to overcome as you have done countless times before.


  7.   7. Posted By: Darth_patate
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:08 am 

    I want to see Michael doing post race interview on the podium in germany or monza in 2014 !!


  8.   8. Posted By: Aura
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:08 am 

    This is horrible.


  9.   9. Posted By: Ahmed
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:09 am 


    Thanks for the article James. More informative than anything else out there.


  10.   10. Posted By: John Z
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:12 am 

    It sounds like Schumi is in the care of a talented group of physicians and specialists. I pray he has a speedy and complete recovery.


  11.   11. Posted By: JimmiC
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:16 am 

    Get well soon Schumi. Hope you come out the other side with everything still working.


  12.   12. Posted By: Anil Parmar
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:17 am 

    Oh my god..

    My thoughts are with him and his family.


  13.   13. Posted By: Chris George
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:22 am 

    Terrible news
    Never my favourite driver but obviously one of the all time greats. And for this to happen so soon after his retirement make it all the worse
    My thoughts are with Michael and his family


  14.   14. Posted By: Rob Newman
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:24 am 

    Just praying for a speedy recovery.


  15.   15. Posted By: tank
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:25 am 

    Oh God. No no no.


  16.   16. Posted By: Pasha Shahini
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:25 am 

    He’s fought in some tough races such as Spa 95, Hungary 98 and Suzuka 2000, this is toughest, and knowing Schumi, he’s not going to give up without a fight! Come on Michael!!!


  17.   17. Posted By: David Young
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:26 am 

    Michael is my hero, I am 48 and I have watched him race for years. However at present I am not thinking of his driving, I am simply praying for him. God bless him and be near to him and his family.


  18.   18. Posted By: Lee
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:26 am 

    He’s a fighter, a winner, and fitter than most 44 year olds so there are many positives but even so this remains a deeply worrying situation.


  19.   19. Posted By: Curro
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:27 am 

    Hope he gets through, we don’t want to lose a legend in a silly skiing accident. Go Michael!


  20.   20. Posted By: aveli
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:31 am 

    he’ll be fine. he’s a very fit fighter who has pleased million f1 fans for many years.


  21.   21. Posted By: Di
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:31 am 

    This gets worse by the hour.The blood was seeping from under his helmet into the snow.It is now up to God, as it seems he has had the best treatment available.Terribly sad,and so tragic and his birthday is next week..


  22.   22. Posted By: Bobdredds
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:32 am 

    Terrible news, my thoughts are with his family. I wish him a full and speedy recovery!


  23.   23. Posted By: Colin Connor
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:34 am 

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Get well soon.


  24.   24. Posted By: Aleksandar
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:35 am 

    Fight you biggest battle yet, you have friends and family, supporters, fans and life here now!

    It almost drove me to tears while I read this, I feel I cannot sleep.

    I really did not expect it would hit me this much, her really is a part of my youth.

    If anybody has the will, you have it!


  25.   25. Posted By: Jonas Grumby
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:35 am 

    I had a bad feeling about Michael and his horse riding, thoughts of Christopher Reeves accident went through my head, but this was unexpected. My best wishes for a recovery to you Michael, (my favorite driver of all time), God bless.


  26.   26. Posted By: Julio Puac
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:38 am 

    Hope he gets well soon.


  27.   27. Posted By: Grant H
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:39 am 

    Horrid news get well soon


  28.   28. Posted By: Roberts
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:41 am 

    I find this so shocking and upsetting. I truly hope he pulls through and has a good recovery. My best wishes to him and his family and friends.


  29.   29. Posted By: wellerfan
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:43 am 

    It does not sound good. I hope he pulls through. Very sad day


  30.   30. Posted By: aezy_doc
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:43 am 

    Come on Schumi. F1 won’t be the same without you. A living legend, let’s hope you stay that way.


  31.   31. Posted By: Morten
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:45 am 

    Good God. Praying for his getting well.


  32.   32. Posted By: roberto marquez
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:53 am 

    I pray for his recovery and his family must know that everybody who follows the sport will pray for him.


  33.   33. Posted By: D@X
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 1:04 am 

    He’s a fighter and should be able to pull through this one. All the best champ and hope you have a speedy recovery.


  34.   34. Posted By: Webbo
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 1:10 am 

    Wow !

    I went to bed last night thinking he was ok after initial reports his injuries weren’t serious.
    This is terrible news.

    I hope his fitness and mental strength contribute to him making a full recovery.

    All the best wishes from Australia to Schumi & Family.


  35.   35. Posted By: danny11
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 1:12 am 

    I hope he gets better but these are not good news. I know it from first hand cause I lost my mother from same condition. I just hope his fit and fairly still young body will play most important role and allow him fast recovery! Our hopes are with you Michael!


  36.   36. Posted By: Mark
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 1:16 am 

    Thanks, James for keeping us updated on this. Most of the ‘popular’ news sites (at least in North America) seem to have old info. I really, really hope he come through this OK.


  37.   37. Posted By: Ivan Julian
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 1:25 am 

    Get well soon champ.

    Always unexpected when a star in one of the world’s most dangerous sports gets seriously injured doing something else.


  38.   38. Posted By: Sebee
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 1:32 am 

    Come on…don’t let this year end this way.

    Pray, send good energy, hope.


  39.   39. Posted By: Ioannis
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 1:37 am 

    My thoughts are with MS and his familly.
    I really hope he comes through this.

    Thinking of you Michael!!


  40.   40. Posted By: CanadaF1fan
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 1:39 am 

    Terrible news to mar the holiday season. Best wishes Schumi!


  41.   41. Posted By: His Biggest Fan
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 1:42 am 

    In absolute shock… when I was young, Schumi seemed indestructible. I can’t believe his life is now in danger. But, if anyone is capable of a fight back and winning against the odds… it’s him. COME ON SCHUMI!!!


  42.   42. Posted By: Karima Shah
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 1:43 am 

    Your biggest fan from Pakistan. Michael please pull through this, praying for you and your family. Come on Champ.


  43.   43. Posted By: Sebee
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 1:44 am 

    Conflicting statements James. Statement says he was admitted in a coma, but it implies elsewhere coma was induced.

    This is important information. Did he arrive in a coma or did they induce the coma before he was moved to another hospital?

    And how long between accident and admission to hospital? I am left with the impression that we are talking an hour or more as he is in 12:40 but accident happened in the morning.

    I’m not getting good vibes out of these details.


    James Allen Reply:

    That is what it clearly says in the CHU statement.

    My understanding therefore is that the coma must have been induced in the first hospital (Moutiers) and so he arrived in that condition at the second.

    Listening to neuro experts with whom I’m appeared on BBC news shows in the last 18 hours, it seems that inducing a coma is essential to slow the swelling of the brain. But surgery is also needed to open up the skull to relieve pressure.

    Only after swelling has stopped and patient is stable can they start observing to what extent the brain has been damaged by the trauma


    Andre Reply:

    Really really big thank you for your effort oft providing US Witz information. I lost my dad this yeas unexpectedly and our big common interest was f1 and he was the biggest Schumi fan. Brings it all back terribly but I really hope things go well for Michael!!!


    David Reply:

    My understanding (from the most current info) is that while M.S. was conscious when the attendants first arrived at the accident scene, he fell into a coma before he reached the first hospital. This required immediate neurological attention. Then a second coma was “induced” to prevent further swelling.


    Sebee Reply:

    Yes, I’ve seen this in a reputable news source. This is not a good thing.

  44.   44. Posted By: Tony
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 1:49 am 

    A cruel twist of fate for a legendary man and racer. Wishing you a swift and speedy recovery!


  45.   45. Posted By: Formula Zero
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 1:52 am 

    Thanks for the continuous updates James. It’s not fair, world is too unfair. Can’t help being so emotional. Never in a million years I thought this day would come. God can’t take another hero out of our lives. that’s cruel


  46.   46. Posted By: Dave C
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 2:00 am 

    Wow life can be so cruel, the man has just had the most successful career out of any racing driver and barely started to enjoy his retirement this happens. The [mod] can think what they like about Schumi but even in his 40′s during the 2012 season he often qualified way ahead of Rosberg and its clear a prime MS would destroy the entire field barring Vettel and Alonso perhaps, no doubt he’d beat them though. What a legend the only ever driver that had Senna truly rattled in the early 90′s, I didn’t enjoy his domination in the early 2000′s but during his 2nd career I was actually cheering for him, come on surely life can’t be this cruel and I genuinely will be praying for him to recover, if only that damn ROC wasn’t cancelled maybe this wouldn’t have happened.


  47.   47. Posted By: dan
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 2:15 am 

    He may well have been wearing a helmet, but if your skull stops, your brain does not,there are two main supplies to the brian, plus many other small vessels, I hope he gets better.


  48.   48. Posted By: The paddyman
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 2:19 am 

    I really hope he pulls through..


  49.   49. Posted By: Larry Kwiatkowski
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 2:39 am 



  50.   50. Posted By: Andy
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 3:02 am 

    Oh man! My prayers are with Schumi! Get well!!!


  51.   51. Posted By: Stone the crows
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 3:15 am 

    Prayers for him and his family. Hope he recovers completely and has no lasting problems.


  52.   52. Posted By: DonSimon
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 3:38 am 

    Cannot begin to explain how much this hurts. I hope he’s ok, I really do. God damn Schumi, you’ve got to be ok.


  53.   53. Posted By: unF1nnished business
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 3:41 am 

    If there was any time he needs the pace it is now. God speed to a full recovery Michael.


  54.   54. Posted By: assad khan
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 3:43 am 

    I pray and hope Allah gets him through this , God bless you Michael .


  55.   55. Posted By: Carl
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 3:47 am 

    Be positive. My best wishes to his family during this terrifying time.


  56.   56. Posted By: Rod
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 3:51 am 

    Schumacher has always been a bit of a daredevil. Hope he makes OK this time. I suspect he will.


  57.   57. Posted By: Kevin
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 3:51 am 

    I hope he will be okay, as he is my favor F1 racer.


  58.   58. Posted By: C Lin
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 3:58 am 

    Let’s pray he wins this one.
    Get well soon Schumy.


  59.   59. Posted By: chins
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 4:13 am 

    Hope he feels better soon and recovers well…My prayers are with him…


  60.   60. Posted By: KenC
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 4:23 am 

    My prayers for Michael’s recovery.

    How quickly they were able to relieve the pressure in the cranium is critical. The initial reports of a non-serious injury are disappointing. They imply that those with Michael underestimated the severity of his injury. As time is critical in these injuries, it’s not good that they didn’t recognize the severity of his injury, immediately.


    David Reply:

    I suspect the initial reports were just P.R. They say he was attended to within minutes of his accident and he was airlifted to a hospital within an hour.


    KenC Reply:

    I’m not so sure. Many cranial injuries seem minor initially, as there is no obvious skull injury, and the person may have other visible injuries like broken bones. The person may even walk or talk. Only later, when the person collapses, do they realize the gravity of the situation.

    James’ explanation of the situation seems to fit that Michael initially was “agitated”, so he was not initially unconscious. He was not in a coma until he reached the 2nd hospital. Time is of the essence. Brain swelling needs to be relieved as quickly as possible. You can imagine the swelling has nowhere to go, and thus can cut off the oxygen supply to critical areas of the brain. There’s not much time when that happens.

    The doctors won’t know until later, but I’m worried. It takes time to get off a mountain, even by helicopter to a local hospital. It takes more time for the initial assessment and then a transfer by helicopter to a trauma hospital. Then they did imaging studies of the skull. Finally, they did a surgical procedure to address the bleeding and swelling. That’s a lot of time.

    Did you follow the Natasha Richardson case at Mt. Tremblant, Canada? Some similarities.


    David Reply:

    Yes, I live in Montreal so the Natasha Richardson story got a lot of press, (Mount Tremblant is just north of here). She refused medical attention and returned to her room.

    From a timeline I saw, the first responders reached M.S. within 6 minutes. The fact that he received immediate treatment and that he was wearing a helmet probably prevented a much more dire outcome.

  61.   61. Posted By: Sarvar
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 4:32 am 

    Come on Michael, our thoughts and prayers with you to pull through. God bless you!


  62.   62. Posted By: Adam
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 4:32 am 

    Continuing to cross my fingers for the legend.


  63.   63. Posted By: Scuderia McLaren
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 4:48 am 

    I’ve been following this story since the start, hoping it will just dissipate, go away, or he’d (Schumi) come out and say ‘well that’s was close’. But the story is just getting worse.

    I hope, as we all do, that he survives. But more than that, I hope he isn’t permanently severely injured and lives and lingers in a terrible state.

    In my opinion, Schumi was the best of all time in his pomp. He dominated an F1 that I very much liked. Super fast, crazy, ballsy and extreme. He represents that era, which I think was the most challenging driving wise.

    Schumacher V Hakkinen 2000 was the season that had the most subtext, pressure and pure speed for me.


  64.   64. Posted By: Noltan
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 4:56 am 

    This is much more serious than I thought based on the previous reports.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this time.


  65.   65. Posted By: Quade
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 4:59 am 

    May God be with him.

    This is not the best news, but if anyone has the chance to pull through, it would be Michael, he’s got the winning spirit. It takes something extra special to be 7 time World champ.

    Good luck Michael and get well soon.


  66.   66. Posted By: Nick4
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 5:47 am 

    We pray for a full recovery.


  67.   67. Posted By: Jonathan Puplett
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 6:09 am 

    Thoughts with the Schumi family at this time. Hopefully there will be a positive outcome.


  68.   68. Posted By: Dmitry
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 6:13 am 

    The only word I can think of is “Why?”.

    Hope Michal will be ok.


  69.   69. Posted By: Pramod
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 6:21 am 

    My best wishes champ! Some people doubted u as a driver. But everyone knows what a big heart u have (e.g donating 10 million from the pocket to tsunami victims) our heart beats for you. Get well soon.


  70.   70. Posted By: clyde
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 6:24 am 

    Hes a fighter best wishes to him an his fsmily


  71.   71. Posted By: Nick
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 6:37 am 

    A very worrying update, lets all keep everything crossed, and pray for the best possible outcome.
    My very best wishes to you Michael.


  72.   72. Posted By: luqa
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 6:41 am 

    I’ve never been a big fan of MS, not even in the early Jordan and Benetton days, BUT I have utmost respect for his achievements not only in F1 but as a humanitarian. My thoughts are with him and his family.
    Here is wishing the legend speedy recovery!


    For sure Reply:

    Wow it’s not often you see this kindness from people who don’t like him


  73.   73. Posted By: Andrew M
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 7:00 am 

    Absolutely stunned. I really hope he pulls through…


  74.   74. Posted By: Mike84
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 7:20 am 

    Seems wearing a helmet is not worth much for safety. Schumacher, Reeve, Massa, Senna, and how many others got concussed / paralyzed / killed despite wearing good helmets.


    ilpaul Reply:

    I understand the news got many of us so emotional, but I strongly disagree with your statement about helmet and safety. Don’t want to go deeper in discussing your arguments but as motorsport fan I think we need to defend the importance of safety level achieved throughout the years paying big prices in term of our hero losses and thanks to the efforts of great ones like professor Watkins.

    Get well soon Michael!


    Radom 79 Reply:

    Even in the best cases a helmet is only going to do so much.

    In Senna’s case to say he was very, very unlucky would be understating it, but if none of those four had been wearing helmets you would most likely be looking at four out of four DOAs.

    It’s better to wear a helmet – even a small chance is better than no chance.


    Craig Chamberlain Reply:

    Mike84, I think your comment is incorrect on many levels and is perhaps even a bit reckless. There are times when even wearing a helmet will not save you but we don’t hear just how often someone walks away from an incident which would have killed them instantly if they had not been wearing a helmet.

    The examples you give are also mostly poor choices. Reeve crushed his C-vertebrae by landing on his head. His brain and skull was not injured due to wearing a helmet. Massa would certainly have died instantly if he had not worn a helmet and the same is true of Schumi according to the doctors caring for him now. Senna was unlucky to have been hit by such a large part of the wheel/suspension. That said, I wonder if the latest helmet and HANS technology might have saved even him.

    Plenty of motorcyclists, cyclists, riders and racers owe their lives to wearing a helmet whether voluntarily or due to rules. We should be careful not to undermine that in any way.


    Sturmovik Reply:

    Perhaps it is better to say ‘it is a good thing that he WAS wearing a helmet.’


    monktonnik Reply:


    I have been thinking how much worse it would have been without one.

    Get better soon MSC


    David Reply:

    Without helmets they’d be dead, not concussed. The doctor said without a helmet M.S. would not have survived.


  75.   75. Posted By: Krishna Kishor Bhat
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 7:22 am 

    Praying for well being of Schumi…


  76.   76. Posted By: Steve Rogers
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 7:28 am 

    I know he’s a big risk-taker, but he’s also a family man and a charity worker and a character I’ve warmed to over the years – I feel very sorry for him coming to this. I wish him all the best.


  77.   77. Posted By: Steve Crozier
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 7:31 am 

    Come on Michael you can get through this. We are all hoping and praying for you.


  78.   78. Posted By: Warren G
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 7:51 am 

    When I first heard the news I dismissed it out of hand. Now… Just seems a little surreal. Wishing you a full recovery Michael.


  79.   79. Posted By: Rush
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 8:07 am 

    Michael will pull through we are praying for him


  80.   80. Posted By: Thread the Needle
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 8:14 am 

    Come on Michael you can make it


  81.   81. Posted By: Mack
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 8:25 am 

    My thoughts are with Michael and willing him a full recovery. You can do this Michael.


  82.   82. Posted By: Goldy
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 8:32 am 

    Micheal u can get through this. We r all praying for u


  83.   83. Posted By: John T
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 8:44 am 

    I’m sure Schumi is getting the best medical care. Shocked to hear he is critical on the news. The initial reports in oz weren’t so pessimistic.
    One thing we know is that he is a fighter. Get well soon Michael.


  84.   84. Posted By: Jolgas
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 8:45 am 

    Guess this shows how much he needed the adrenalin trip.
    People like him are always in danger when they step away from their area of expertise. For example Australian naturalist Steve Irwin killed in water.
    Thoughts are with you and your family Michael. Please pull through and finish the race.


  85.   85. Posted By: KARTRACE
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 9:04 am 

    Life is strangest occurrence and miracle in its own right. I pray for Michael and his family. I am looking forward to his full recovery with no consequences.


  86.   86. Posted By: Jon Wilde
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 9:14 am 

    My thoughts are with Michael and his family at this time.

    I Pray that the press conference at 10AM will be good news.


  87.   87. Posted By: Seifenkistler
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 9:59 am 

    Hope all gets good…
    Just read that there was a second surgery with more holes drilled into the skull to reduce pressure.

    If it isn’t getting better … I hope that docs know when to stop fighting. I had a case as firefighter when a young doc reanmated 5 times and the victim is just a living hull now.

    I hope and pray for the best, but i also hope that if not he wouldn’t suffer from a VIP status like we can’t allow him to die at our hospital. There is life and there is just a pumping heart. I think he has a written will what to do in such cases

    Toi toi toi … Really hope all gets good.


    John Z Reply:

    You’re jumping to conclusions. The French report of a second surgery has been confirmed to be false. The situation is critical but the doctors have seen plenty of reasons for optimism. Have some faith.


  88.   88. Posted By: Edward
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 10:23 am 

    Michael, I never met you but I consider you as one of my very best friends. Every time I read another news piece on this story or hear an update on the radio, I well up inside. After all the races God has looked after you, I pray he will do so again.


  89.   89. Posted By: Rafael
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 10:25 am 

    Get well soon, champ! Hoping you make a quick (and full) recovery from this set back.


  90.   90. Posted By: Jugraj
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 11:14 am 

    We’re praying for your full recovery Michael. You’ve always been a fighter and I’m sure you’ll pull through.


  91.   91. Posted By: Hal
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 11:26 am 

    Come on Michael. Win this.

    Thoughts and sincere best wishes for you and your family.

    Eagerly awaiting for some good news.


  92.   92. Posted By: Die Scuderia
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 11:32 am 

    Our thoughts are with you Michael and your family. Get well soon…



  93.   93. Posted By: WSH
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 11:57 am 

    Shocking news this was yesterday. The first reports gave me the feeling of “he will get better soon and back on the slopes as he did so often in F1″. Hearing the worsening of his condition, especially the word “critical” made me feel sick, shocked.

    I truly wish him a full recovery and my thoughts are with his family, his wife and kids.

    And Michael, while you are on it, do a lap of the Gods, but come back please. We, I, miss you.


  94.   94. Posted By: Albert
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 11:58 am 

    Get well soon Schumi


  95.   95. Posted By: Chris
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:05 pm 

    My thoughts are with Schumi and his family today, best of British and be strong.


  96.   96. Posted By: TGS
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 12:36 pm 

    If the coma is induced can they bring him out of it easily? Hope everything goes well.


  97.   97. Posted By: Mr squizzer
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 1:30 pm 

    Very sad I’m afraid even if he makes it through this the Micheal we new will be gone forever .


  98.   98. Posted By: Jay B
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 2:24 pm 

    The fact that Michael is even able to fight for his life is testament to how crucial head-protection is. Whether you are a cyclist, F1 driver or skier, helmets may not be able to completely prevent injury, like in the case of Felipe Massa, but they will usually save your life.


  99.   99. Posted By: rob
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 2:37 pm 

    All wishing for a good recovery thinking of Michael in these difficult times , James please make sure these messages can get passed onto the Schumacher family his own website looks like it`s crashed


  100.   100. Posted By: Moan di Resta
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 3:30 pm 

    Please pull through this Michael.
    This is devastating im so emotional!

    Michael you showed us how to win dominantly with Ferrari.
    You showed us how to lose humbly with Mercedes.
    Please show us how to win one more time my thoughts are with you and your family.

    God Speed


  101.   101. Posted By: Nic Maennling
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 3:31 pm 

    Very sad news – all the best wishes for a speedy return to normal life.

    In my country (Canada) too many people are killed or injured enjoying winter sports by straying from the approved boundaries. Perhaps this will act as a caution.


  102.   102. Posted By: Chris
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 3:40 pm 

    It’ll take more than this to catch up with our Michael!!

    Prayers with you mate!!!


  103.   103. Posted By: Andyc_F1
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 4:13 pm 

    Hi James

    I’ve been following the news on Schumacher over the last 24 hours, and hope he makes a good recovery.

    Sounds like a bad accident, and at times like this we’ve got to remember he’s a family man first and foremost.

    On another note, hope you have had a good Christmas break, and wish you and your family well for 2014.



  104.   104. Posted By: deancassady
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 4:22 pm 

    Anybody who believes that MS is now fighting for his life because he hit a rock skiing back country ought to have their heads examined.
    It reminds me of a song, “Nothing as it it seems….”
    We’ll probably never find out what is really going on, but here are the facts:
    1. Michael Schumacher, lots of people adore, and lots of people feel an opposite way about him.
    2. He lives in Switzerland, and I think it is reasonable to assume that he is very, very good at skiing.
    3. He was wearing a helmet, I assume that the helmet did in fact offer a good degree of protection.
    4. Yes, this is a man who lived on the edge, in his professional career,
    5. But also, was meticulously prepared and able to find the ‘edge’ in EVERYTHING
    wasn’t that one of his most special gifts?

    The idea that such a person could go back-country (off the established pistes) skiing, run into trouble so that he wiped out and injured his head, with helmet on, so that he now ‘fights for his life’ with potentially severe brain trauma is incredibly remote, and I can’t buy it.

    I don;t know what’s going on, but it is incredibly unlikely to be as it is being presented in the media.

    Good luck MS; I can’t say I’m one of the adoring fans, but I can respect the facts of what you have accomplished.


    Macca Man Reply:

    Why on earth should we not believe that the story of his accident is not true? People die on the slopes all the time, Dean. I appreciate your concerns for Schumacher’s recovery but I find it sad that you had to add to the misinformation that has been floating around since the time of his accident. And thanks for letting us know you weren’t a Schumacher fan, none of us would have been able to guess that.


    Sturmovik Reply:

    Mr. Cassady; cynicism is not the same thing as wisdom nor ill reasoned skepticism a substitute for facts.


    Mike P Reply:

    There is nothing remote about the chances of a person falling while skiing in the back country…professional skiers and snowboarders have serious injuries (and worse) every year.
    It is pretty hard to imagine this being anything other than what has been presented in the media, [mod]


    KenC Reply:

    There is nothing remotely impossible about the story up to now. It’s totally believable. People suffer brain injuries while skiing and while wearing helmets all the time.


    deancassady Reply:

    My, my; tut, tut; blah, blah, blah, (it’s not nice to write those things).
    Of course the story is not impossible; I openly admit to its inherent possibility.

    But as is often the case, these days, there are several strange things about the media carpet-bombed ‘facts’, (above and beyond the now common place media carpet-bombing of ‘stories’; that’s what they are, ‘stories’), the selection of details, some times out-of-place, yet repeated over-and-over-and-over again; don’t you wonder why?

    So for all of you ‘tut-tutters’, of my in-good-faith contribution, above, why don’t you just take fifteen minutes, and find out that the Schumster would have been wearing at least the market leading helmet, specifically designed for such an accident, as described, (so many times, always vaguely, but) involving, supposedly, a rock, and presumably, a single, or very few number of impacts, and then review the medical reports [from The Canadian Press, via the CBC website, "It looks like probably that initiating a corner, he was hitting a stone which he had not seen and was catapulted down on a rock," Kehm said in English. "That is extremely and very unfortunate ... really very, very bad luck. Michael was not at high speed."] This is an evolution of the original story, in which there were inadequate detail to plausibly explain such severe injury.

    First a description of the damage was, “…a brain scan performed late Monday showed bruising “a little bit everywhere” in Schumacher’s brain.”
    Now it evolves, such comments as, “…a large haematoma on the left side of his brain.”

    Autosport offers us this:
    “Payen added that judging by the extent of the injuries that Schumacher suffered, it was clear his impact with rocks had not been at slow speed.

    “Taking into consideration what we have observed, that despite a helmet he arrived with lesions that were quite severe, the shock must have taken place at high speed.”

    Professor Stephan Chabardes said that the injuries suggested that Schumacher had hit the rocks with the right hand side of his head.

    Payen added that judging by the extent of the injuries that Schumacher suffered, it was clear his impact with rocks had not been at slow speed.

    “Taking into consideration what we have observed, that despite a helmet he arrived with lesions that were quite severe, the shock must have taken place at high speed.”

    Professor Stephan Chabardes said that the injuries suggested that Schumacher had hit the rocks with the right hand side of his head.”

    I’m not trying to goad anybody, and as has been mentioned, nothing impossible in it… but Schumi?!?


  105.   105. Posted By: Olivier
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 4:52 pm 

    Michael! Can you hear me?! Make this your win number 92!! Don’t let it slip away … we need you to come back.

    You did very well against Rosberg. A likely future champ.


  106.   106. Posted By: Rufus
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 4:53 pm 

    It was shocking to hear this new about Michael. I feel he can come through and be all right.

    Get well soon Michael!!


  107.   107. Posted By: levan
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 5:26 pm 

    terrible news… hope he gets well soon, hr is part of billions childhood, I don’t want to lose part of childhood


  108.   108. Posted By: Dan
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 6:06 pm 

    Forza Michael hope you can make it.


  109.   109. Posted By: Bayan
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 6:20 pm 

    I was away for a few days camping. My wife called me from her office this morning to tell me about Schumi. I almost cried. I am very sad after reading about this. We are praying for you and your family Micheal. You have always been a fighter and I feel sure you will get through this.


  110.   110. Posted By: Cos
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 8:00 pm 

    Like many on this site and millions around the world I too was shocked to hear about this. My hopes and prayers are with his family at this time.

    The mdecial staff are doing their upmost, your family are by your bedside and millions of us around the world are behind you…so don’t give up, keep on fighting Michael


  111.   111. Posted By: Richard Adams
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 8:23 pm 

    My thoughts are with you Michael. God be with you!


  112.   112. Posted By: Hudson
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 9:41 pm 

    This news messed up my Formula 1 year. I now dread even to follow the news fearing the worst. Praying for Michael right now. Hope he pulls through this. We love you Michael here in Africa.


    Hudson Reply:

    We LOVE you here in Africa!


  113.   113. Posted By: John in SD
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 9:53 pm 

    I was shocked to hear of Michael Schumacher’s accident, which I have been following. Best wishes to him for a speedy and complete recovery. My thoughts are with him and his family at this terrible time.


  114.   114. Posted By: Deb
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 10:15 pm 

    Our thoughts are with Michael and his family. Hoping for a full recovery.


  115.   115. Posted By: Get Well Soon M.S
        Date: December 30th, 2013 @ 11:53 pm 

    I most of all feel sorry for the poor fourteen year old kid who had to watch his father get so heavily injured. My thoughts and prayers are very much with his family as well as him to have a speedy recovery. Having only watched Rush recently this feels eerily similar to Niki Lauda’s incident then recovery. I just pray that he returns to his original fitness, i would cry if i saw a permenantly damaged schumi even worse, no schumi at all. Without a doubt i feel that he will recover with his biggest victory, number 92. Get well soon mate!


  116.   116. Posted By: Rodolfo
        Date: December 31st, 2013 @ 8:45 am 

    Very sad story …James I wonder about one thing: in a situation where every minute counts is it clear to you why had to make a stop in Moutier first before finally being taken to the hospital where the operation was conducted ? Just curious.
    Get better Michael we love you!


    James Allen Reply:

    No, that’s one of the questions that will be answered, like did he have a guide or was he just taking a short cut between pistes through the powder snow?

    Looking at a photo of the area where he is believed to have crashed, there are a lot of rocks around


  117.   117. Posted By: Duncan Conway
        Date: December 31st, 2013 @ 11:27 am 

    Positive thoughts for Schuey. You can do this champ!


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