Michael Schumacher ‘out of danger’, says friend (Update)

UPDATE Michael Schumacher's management has urged that speculative reports that the seven-time Formula 1 world champion's condition had improved significantly should be disregarded.

Schumacher remains in a critical but stable condition in an induced coma in a Grenoble hospital having suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident last Sunday.

His manager Sabine Kehm issued a statement on Saturday morning underlining that information regarding Schumacher's health would only be issued via the hospital or herself, following reports that attributed comments to ex-F1 driver Philippe Streiff that claimed the German was "now out of danger."

"Michael's condition remains critical but stable," said Kehm's statement. "We would like to clearly stress that any information regarding Michael's health not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as invalid and pure speculation.

"In consultation with the doctors treating Michael, it is not expected there will be any press conference before Monday."

Kehm also addressed reports that police were examining footage from a helmet camera worn by Schumacher during the skiing trip on which the accident happened.

"Michael's helmet camera was voluntarily given to the investigating authorities by the family," she said. "That this should have been done against the wishes of the family is untrue. We ask you to respect the continued privacy of the family." Racer.com

01/04/14 Former F1 world champion Michael Schumacher is now out of danger, it has been claimed by a friend of the 45-year-old.

Schumacher is currently battling against head injuries sustained in a skiing accident in France last weekend.

“I'm not a doctor, I'm repeating what Gerard Saillant [surgeon and friend of the Schumacher family] told me," Philippe Strieff told reporters outside the hospital in Grenoble on Friday according to Sky Sports F1. “Gerard Saillant said it is a serious condition but his life is not in danger anymore now, thankfully.

"He was such a healthy man. He's 45, he's young and has always been very fit. He is in top shape physically so there are no reasons why he would not make it."

Schumacher's spokeswoman Sabine Kehm revealed on Wednesday that the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver was now in a 'critical but stable condition'. There has been no official statement since then, with further updates only expected when there is a change in his condition.

Meanwhile, a camera attached to the helmet worn by Schumacher in the accident is now being examined by the local authorities, according to French news agency AFP. It is hoped it will shed further light on what happened. Schumacher's son Mick and a friend of the teenager, both of whom saw the accident, have also been interviewed by police.

Schumacher turned 45 on Friday with hundreds of fans converging on the Grenoble University Hospital to show their support, something the family has since said they found 'overwhelming'.

“The incredible sympathies shown today by the Ferrari Fans outside the hospital has utterly overwhelmed us and moved us all to tears," reads a statement posted on Schumacher's official website. “We are deeply grateful for it and also for all the heartwarming and heartfelt wishes for Michael to get well soon, which have reached us from all over the world."

Leave a Reply