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It’s been more than a week since Formula One legend Michael Schumacher suffered a tragic skiing accident that caused serious injury to his brain, but the first glimmer of hope has emerged with sources suggesting his condition has improved. Citing manager and spokesperson Sabine Kehm, multiple media outlets have reported that Schumacher’s life is no longer in imminent danger.
“This is a certain relief,” Kehm is quoted by Spain’s El Mundo. “The most dangerous moment has passed.”
Doctors treating Schumacher have made similar comments. Jean-Francois Payen, the doctor in charge of the intensive care unit at the Grenoble University Hospital Center where the F1 ace is being treated, was quoted as saying: “While we emphasize that the danger has not yet passed, it is certainly no longer acute.”
Unfortunately, Schumacher, who recently tuned 45, remains in a coma and may stay that way for weeks. In addition, speaking with SPEED, Kehm played down the reports, saying she can’t confirm any expressions that Schumacher is no longer in danger and that those concerned should refer to the latest statement from the doctors.
That statement said Schumacher’s “clinical state” is now “stable.” The statement also said, “the medical team in charge of his care underlines that they continue to consider Michael’s condition as critical.”
Since the accident, which happened on December 29, 2013 at a French ski resort, there have been allegations video footage of the scene taken by another guest at the resort using a camera phone exists and is being sought by investigators.
Schumacher's wife Corinna has also appealed to the media to leave the hospital where her husband is being treated and to leave her family and doctors in peace. They were her first public comments since a December 30 statement in which she thanked the medical team for their efforts and fans for their outpouring of support.