Michael Schumacher died, Doctors operating on Michael Schumacher following his skiing crash said the F1 star would be dead by now had he not been wearing a helmet.
The seven-time Formula One champion is in an induced coma in intensive care at the University Hospital of Grenoble, after hitting his head on a rock in a crash on Sunday in the resort of Meribel in the French Alps.
The 44-year-old remains in a critical condition, with injuries described as life-threatening.
Doctors treating Schumacher, who retired from Formula 1 for the second time in 2012, said at a press conference they could not speculate on his prognosis.
However, the did say that without his helmet he would already be dead.
They said: “We believe that taking into consideration the very violent shock, his helmet did protect him to a certain extent.
“Someone who would have had this accident without a helmet, he would certainly have not got to here.”
Doctors said the brain scan Schumacher underwent on his arrival at the hospital showed “a great number of lesions”.
The former Ferrari and Mercedes driver is receiving treatment to reduce the pressure on the brain.
“The brain scan showed some intracranial haematoma, but also some cerebral contusions and edema,” added Doctors.
“We operated urgently to try and eliminate the haematoma. After the operation we saw that we had been able to eliminate the haematoma, but also sadly the appearance of various bilateral lesions and so therefore he was taken to intensive care to try to help him.
“His condition is critical as far as cerebral care. All the recommended treatments have been introduced.”
Schumacher’s wife, Corinna, and their two children, were at his bedside, doctors said.
Schumacher, 44, was skiing at the Meribel resort with his 14-year-old son when the accident happened on Sunday morning. The teenager was unharmed.
Michael Schumacher “would have died” from the impact of his skiing accident if he was not wearing a helmet.
Michael Schumacher died: A spokesman for the hospital said: “Michael Schumacher was the victim of very serious trauma. He was very agitated when he arrived and we decided he was in a critical situation and he quickly went into a coma.
“The neurosurgical treatment he received brought us quite a lot of information. We had to operate urgently to release some pressure in his head. Unfortunately, he has some lesions within his brain.”
Professor Jean-Francois Payen added:
“I’d say this accident happened in the right place because he was taken into hospital immediately and operated on as soon as he arrived, this meant his state is critical and he is still in a coma and he will be kept in a coma.
“Everything that needed to be done has been done at the moment we can’t really say when he will recover, we cannot answer this yet.”
“We can say he is fighting for his life. We judge him to be in a very serious situation. We cannot tell what the outcome will be yet. We are working hour-by-hour but it’s too early to say what is going to happen and to have a prognosis.
“We think his helmet did help, without a helmet he wouldn’t be here now.”
“We are in constant contact with his family that are by his bedside. At this moment we don’t see he is going to need a second operation.”
“We have very good medical procedures and we did actually treat him very quickly and give him what he needed very quickly.”
Dr Stephan Chabardes added: “The helmet wasn’t enough to protect him completely but it really did help. We see a lot of head injuries like this.”
Professeur Stéphane Chabarde said: “I came here not in terms of a doctor but as a friend. I’d like to thank everyone for the support and the excellent medical team who treated him so well.
“I am very worried just like his family, we are very worried about his condition. the doctors won’t tell you more because they can’t tell you more, they are working hour by hour.
“This kind of accident, luckily he’s 45 which is better than if you were older.
A consultant added: “What we observed initially was an impact to the right side of the head. He was agitated when he came in. He had some spontaneous movements and wasn’t in a normal state when he came in.”
The social media has again showed its ugly side with rumours and hoax information on the death of F1 racer Michael Schumacher.
A dozen facebook pages have popped up on the internet with title as ridiculous as R.I.P Michael Schumacher to RIP Michael Schumacher 1969 – 2014.
The hoax page on the social media had several Schumacher fans even screaming obscenities at the creators of such ‘ugly’ hoax pages. A facebook user Andrea Leonti using much milder tone than others said – “Michael is not dead ignorant fools. Know that your page has been marked as spam.”
Another facebook user Scot Christie much hurt by the false news said, “The person who did this page is sick and needs to be banned of Facebook.”
In the meantime, the condition of the F1 racing champion still remains critical. The doctors treating Schumacher have stated that the racer was still in a medically induced coma and were monitoring his condition every hour.
Schumacher, the most successful driver in Formula One history, was taken to the Grenoble hospital on Sunday. The German driver was skiing with his son on Sunday morning in the French Alpine resort of Meribel, about 130 km southeast of Geneva, when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock.
He was wearing a helmet, but despie that he sustained serious brain injury. The doctors reportedly also have stated that Schumacher could have died had ‘he not worn the helmet.’
Several well-wishers from F1 community tweeted for his quick recovery. Former driver Martin Brundle and Sky’s F1 commentator, said in his tweet -”Let’s hope Michael Schumacher’s ski shunt is not too bad and that he’s totally fixable.”
British driver Jenson Button tweeted: “My thoughts are with Michael Schumacher at this tough time. Michael more than anyone has the strength to pull through this.”
Schumacher, who won the last of his world titles in 2004 and formally retired in 2012, will turn 45 on January 3, Michael Schumacher died.