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Formula One champ Schumacher still in coma, future unpredictable

Published:Monday | December 30, 2013 | 12:04 PM

GRENOBLE, France (AP):

After a skiing accident on Sunday morning which left seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher in a coma, doctors tending to the motor star say they are taking his critical head injury "hour by hour".

Chief anesthesiologist Jean-Francois Payen told reporters that Schumacher was still in a medically induced coma and doctors were focusing only on his current condition.

"We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher," said Payen, who is also in charge of Grenoble University Hospital's intensive-care unit.

"He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation," he added. "We are working hour by hour."

Schumacher, the most successful driver in Formula One history, arrived at the Grenoble hospital a day earlier already in a coma and immediately underwent brain surgery.

The German driver was skiing with his son Sunday morning in the French Alpine resort of Meribel when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock. He was wearing a helmet, but doctors said it was not enough to prevent a serious brain injury.

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