Dec 30 2013
Formula One champion Michael Schumacher would "certainly" not have survived his skiing accident if he had not been wearing a helmet, medics said today.
Doctors in Grenoble, France, refused to speculate on the prognosis for the former racing driver as they confirmed that he remained in a critical condition after suffering a severe head injury yesterday while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel yesterday.
They confirmed the 44-year-old German had undergone one operation since the accident and was now in an induced coma in intensive care.
But they said the helmet he was wearing had provided him with protection to a "certain extent".
Professor Jean Francois Payen, speaking at a news conference at the University Hospital of Grenoble, said: "This accident was particularly serious and he was dealt with immediately and at our hospital he was immediately operated on after a brain scan.
"And then afterwards his condition is critical. As for cerebral care, all the recommended treatments have been introduced and for the moment we are not able to express ourselves with regards to Michael Schumacher's future."
He said the driver's helmet had protected him to a "certain extent" from the "very violent shock".
"Taking into consideration the very violent shock, his helmet did protect him to a certain extent, of course. Somebody who would have this kind of accident without a helmet certainly, he would not have got to here," he said.