F1 Champion Michael Schumacher's Ski Accident: Latest Updates On SAYS

Seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher was in a six-month coma after hitting his head in a skiing accident while in the French Alps.

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Paralysed Michael Schumacher Is Now Battling Speech And Memory Problems

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"He is getting better but everything is relative. It's very difficult. He can't speak. Like me, he is in a wheelchair paralysed. He has memory problems and speech problems," Streiff, a good friend of Schumacher, was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

Schumacher, 45, was transferred to Lausanne Hospital, Switzerland, in June and he is now being cared for at his home on the shores of Lake Geneva.

“I have noticed some progress but I would say we will have to give him time,” Payen, who treated Schumacher at the Grenoble hospital where Schumacher was taken after the accident. “It is like for other patients. We are in a time scale of one to three years, so you need patience.”

F1 Champion Michael Schumacher Out Of Coma And Hospital

A file photo of Michael Schumacher, who had been in a coma for the past six months following a ski accident.

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His management company said in a statement: "Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore.

"His family would like to explicitly thank all his treating doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble as well as the first aiders at the place of the accident, who did an excellent job in those first months.

"For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye," she said, without specifying where Schumacher had been taken to.

In February 2014, Michael Schumacher's Family Said The F1 Champion Was Still 'Waking Up'

Michael Schumacher’s family have said they “strongly believe” the Formula One legend will recover from his medically-induced coma, as they announced the seven-time champion is still in the “waking up process”.

Fans mark Michael Schumacher's birthday at the hospital.

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Schumacher has been in a medically-induced coma in a Grenoble hospital since December 29 and a statement on behalf of the family Thursday said he was "still in a waking up process."

It was released a day after a published report in Germany's best-selling newspaper Bild - which claimed the seven-time world champion had contracted pneumonia.

A Brain Surgery Specialist In January Claimed That Michael Schumacher Wouln't Be The Same If He Wakes Up

A brain surgery specialist has reportedly claimed that Formula One legend Michael Schumacher will be a completely different person than he was should he survive the severe head injuries he suffered in a skiing accident in December.

Michael Schumacher.

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Richard Greenwood, consultant neurologist at London's Homerton Hospital said, ‘If Schumacher survives he will not be Schumacher. He will be Joe Bloggs. His rehabilitation will only be effective if he comes to terms with being Bloggs, and fulfils what Bloggs can do. That’s a very, very difficult process to take people through, and many people don’t achieve it.’

Michael Schumacher's manager says the former Formula One champion remains in stable condition following a skiing accident that left him with severe head injuries and in a coma since 29 December.

Michael Schumacher's Wife Previously Requested For Peace, "Please Leave Our Family In Peace"

Corinna Schumacher has spoken out for the first time since her husband's December 29 accident in the French Alps. In a statement, she said: "It's very important to me that you ease the burden on the doctors and the hospital so that they can do their work in peace."

Mrs Schumacher said she would be releasing no further statements.

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She also called on reporters to "please leave our family in peace".

Corinna Schumacher, the wife of German Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, arrives surrounded by photographers at the Grenoble University Hospital Centre. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

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Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm added: "I can confirm Michael's condition can be considered as stable, as written in the official statement. I cannot confirm to have stated that his life is out of danger."

A German Skier Previously Claimed To Have Inadvertently Caught Schumacher's Crash On Video

A German citizen who was skiing in France last weekend, identified only as a 35-year-old from the western city of Essen in this week's edition of Spiegel, has told the magazine that he accidentally caught Michael Schumacher's life-threatening ski crash on his smartphone.

Michael Schumacher speeds down a course in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy in 2006. Photo: AP

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The witness, a 35-year-old steward, said he was filming his girlfriend with a smartphone when he captured by chance the moment Schumacher slammed his head against a rock in the French Alps.

On 3 Jan 2014, Michael Schumacher Turned 45 But Was Still In A Coma

The Ferrari F1 team where Schumacher spent many years announced it would on Friday hold a "silent gathering" in front of the Grenoble hospital for the birthday of the retired sportsman, who is being kept in an induced coma.

People around the world have expressed their support for the popular driver.

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A statement on Schumacher's website said: "Following Michael's skiing accident, we would like to thank the people from all around the world who have expressed their sympathy and sent their best wishes for his recovery. They are giving us great support.

Fans of Michael Schumacher will hold a "silent" vigil for the injured Formula 1 driver to mark his 45th birthday on Friday, Ferrari says.

Arsenal's Forward Lukas Podolski And Team Mates Took To Facebook To Wish Schumacher Well

Lukas Podolski of Arsenal wish Michael Schumacher well on his Facebook page.

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"Tough game, important win and we are on top position again. But our thoughts are with you, Michael. All the best wishes from AFC team to you. Poldi"

Doctors Worked "Hour By Hour" While Michael Schumacher's Family Was In State Of Shock After His Accident

"We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher," chief anesthesiologist Jean-Francois Payen, however, told The Associated Press on Monday. "He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation," he added. "We are working hour by hour."

Doctors told journalists that they could not predict what would happen.

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"Schumacher's injury is of the same sort as those suffered in recent seasons by (Swiss Daniel) Albrecht or (Austria's Johan) Grugger. They were seriously injured but they came out of it and went on to live a normal life," said Guenter Hujara, men's Alpine skiing World Cup director.

The family of German motor-racing champion Michael Schumacher are at his bedside as he fights for life following a skiing accident in the French Alps. Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, said his wife, Corinna, daughter Gina Maria and son Mick are in a state of shock at the Grenoble hospital.

Seven-time Formula One Champion, Michael Schumacher, Was In A Coma

Michael Schumacher, the seven-time Formula One champion, is in a coma and remains in a "critical" condition after striking his head in a ski accident in the French Alps on Sunday, the hospital treating him said.

The 44-Year-Old German Remained In "Critical" Condition Following A Ski Accident

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.

Tourists watch Formula One world champion and then Ferrrari driver Michael Schumacher a during a skiing session in January 2004.

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Schumacher's spokesperson Sabine Kehm released a statement to the official F1 website, confirming the accident had happened on "a private ski trip."

He Fell And Hit His Head On A Rock In The French Alps On Sunday, 29 Dec 2013

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 wearing a helmet when he fell and hit his head against a rock, his manager Sabine Kehm said.

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According To Michael's Manager, His 14-Year-Old Son Was With Him When The Accident Happened

A photo of Michael Schumacher and his son Mick, returning to Michael's car after visiting Ferrari team's Brazilian driver FElipe Massa on Saturday, 1 Aug 2009.

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In an email to The Associated Press, Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm said the retired driver was on a private skiing trip and "fell on his head. We ask for understanding that we cannot give running updates on his condition. He wore a helmet and was not alone," Kehm said. Schumacher's 14-year-old son was skiing with his father when the accident happened, the resort said.

Michael Was Airlifted To A Local Hospital, Then To The Gernoble Facility And A Specialist Neurosurgeon From Paris Was Rushed In

But doctors haven't released details about his injuries or his prognosis. Rescuers reached him minutes later and airlifted him to a nearby hospital, he said.

Schumacher was taken to hospital in Grenoble.

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The Resort Director Says That Michael Was Skiing Off-Piste And His Fall Is Not Linked To An Avalanche

"We have to wait for a police report," he said. "There is an open investigation going on. We insist on the fact that Michael Schumacher was skiing off-piste and his fall is not linked to an avalanche."

His Family Is Reportedly By His Side

Former French F1 driver Olivier Panis visited the hospital in Grenoble but was not able to see Schumacher. “I will come back tomorrow. Yes I am worried. I know that his family has arrived. As I am here in Grenoble, I want to come to him and say hello, for old times’ sake. He is a great champion and someone very loved in Formula One.”

German driver Michael Schumacher and his wife Corinna pose in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, in 2003. Schumacher is in this Dolomites mountain resort for the annual Ferrari meeting with the media.

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Other Drivers Have Offered Their Words Of Comfort And Well Wishes

Scottish racing driver Dario Franchitti tweets about Michael Schumacher.

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Romain Grosjean, who finished second to the German legend in the 2012 Nations' Cup, tweeted: "All our thoughts to Schumi and his family." Heikki Kovalainen, who tussled with him on the track in 2004 and 2007, wished him a "full recovery soon".

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