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Schumacher stable, but still in danger

RACING SCHUMACHER | 01 de enero de 2014

Sabine Kehm (center), manager for retired Formula One champ Michael Schumacher, talks to reporters outside the French hospital where the racing great is being treated for a brain injury suffered in a ski fall. EFE

Paris, Jan 1 (EFE).- Retired auto racing icon Michael Schumacher remains in critical condition three days after suffering a brain injury in a ski fall in the French Alps, his manager said Wednesday.

"The good news for today is ... there's no significant changes," Sabine Kehm told reporters gathered outside the Grenoble hospital where the seven-time Formula One champion is being treated.

"However," she said, "it is still very early, and the situation overall is critical. Everything can change immediately."

The medical team will not offer any further press briefings until and unless Schumacher's condition undergoes a significant change, Kehm said.

The former racer struck his head against a rock Sunday morning while out with his son on the slopes of the Meribel resort in the French Alps.

Schumacher, who only survived the accident thanks to his helmet, underwent emergency surgery as soon as he arrived at the hospital in Grenoble.

By Monday night, the popular German driver's condition was stable enough for a second surgery, allowing doctors to safely removed a large buildup of blood from his brain.

"The situation is more under control than yesterday but we cannot say he is out of danger," chief of anesthetics Jean-François Payen said Tuesday in the aftermath of the second operation.

Physicians are keeping Schumacher in a medically induced coma and have lowered his body temperature to reduce pressure on his brain.

Schumacher, who turns 45 on Friday, is accompanied at the hospital by his wife, children and brother, another former racer. At least one family member is in the room at all times, Kehm said.

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