Michael Schumacher’s agent says the racing champion’s condition remains “critical,” but stable as the investigation into the accident that left him in a coma begins focuing on the helmet camera Schumacher was using during the accident.
Schumacher’s agent, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement Saturday:
“Michael’s condition remains critical but stable. 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.”
Additionally, Kehm said that the family had voluntarily turned over Michael Schumacher’s helmet camera to investigators looking into the cause of the skiing accident he suffered on Sunday, after reports that the family was refusing to hand over the helmet surfaced.
“That this should have been done against the wishes of the family is untrue.” Kehm stated.
The 45-year-old driving legend was enjoying some time on the slopes with his son when he fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste at a resort in France.
Michael Schumacher was airlifted to a local hospital and later transferred to Grenoble, France, where doctors have performed two surgeries to ease the swelling in his brain.
Kehm’s comments follow remarks made by former Formula One driver Philippe Streiff — a friend of Michael Schumacher’s and a paraplegic — who told Sky TV he had been told by surgeon and friend, Gerard Saillant, who has come to the Grenoble hospital, that the German’s life was “out of danger.”
The existence of the GoPro camera was publicly revealed late Friday, five days after the December 29 accident in the French Alps near the Meribel ski resort, the AFP reports.
On Tuesday, revelations came that the seven-time Formula One champion hit his head so hard that his helmet split in half.
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It is not clear what kind of information authorities will be able to gather from Michael Schumacher’s helmet camera, if any.
On Friday, investigators questioned Schumacher’s 14-year-old son, Mick and a friend, who were skiing with the former racing champ at the time of the accident.
Also on Friday, hundreds of Ferrari fans came to stage a silent vigil on the day of Michael Schumacher’s 45th birthday.
Despite the rain, the loyal followers of Schumi — as he is affectionately known — stayed for hours displaying signs and the Italian “scuderia’s” flags.
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The racing legend’s family was so moved by what they saw from his hospital room that they put out a statement of gratitude and thanks for the support.
Michael Schumacher is the most successful Formula One driver in history, with seven titles and 91 victories overall.