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Schumacher 'stable', still in coma

Michael Schumacher.
Michael Schumacher. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher remains in a "stable" condition, his press officer told reporters waiting outside the hospital in Grenoble in France on Wednesday.

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The German champion entered the New Year in an induced coma following his skiing accident on Sunday, with his family at his bedside.

"At the moment, he is stable," Schumacher’s press officer Sabine Kehm told reporters in a brief update on Wednesday morning.

Doctors have so far ruled out any transfer from the hospital, which they say would be "dangerous".

But they have pointed out that Schumacher, due to turn 45 on January 3, has age and physical fitness on his side.

He has been put in a medically induced coma to spur recovery. His temperature has also been reduced to around 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) to reduce swelling.

By being unconscious, the brain is also switched off to sounds, light and other triggers that cause the organ to use up oxygen as it processes the stimuli.

It is as yet unclear exactly how the accident happened, but a source close to a probe into the incident said that Schumacher's helmet, which medics say saved his life, had been smashed "in two" by the impact.

Kehm told journalists on Tuesday that Schumacher was skiing "with a small group of friends" as well as his 14-year-old son Mick.

 

 

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