Nation & World News

Michael Schumacher Remains In Coma On Eve Of 45th Birthday

By Mark Memmott on January 2nd, 2014

Race car legend Michael Schumacher “remains in a critical but stable condition on Thursday, four days after his skiing accident in the French Alps,” Sky Sports reports.

The German driver turns 45 on Friday.

His family has posted a message to those who have shown their concern for his health:

“Following Michael’s sking accident, we would like to thank the people from all around the world who have expressed their sympathy and sent their best wishes for his recovery. They are giving us great support.

“We all know he is a fighter and will not give up.”

This person would not be among those the family appreciates:

“With doctors reluctant to give a prognosis on injured race Michael Schumacher, one journalist apparently tried to get answers for himself by dressing up as a priest in order to get into the hospital room where Schumacher is lying in a coma,” The Wire writes. “The man was escorted off the premises when his cover was blown.”

Schumacher, as we’ve previously posted, was wearing a helmet when he fell and struck a rock Sunday while skiing in Grenoble. The blow to his head caused extensive bleeding in his brain. Doctors induced a coma and have operated twice in a bid to reduce swelling. On Tuesday, they said there had been some “surprising” improvement but that he was not out of danger. They have not publicly discussed his chances for recovery.

As we’ve also written previously:

During Schumacher’s F1 racing career, the sport’s website says, “his sheer dominance” was beyond doubt before his first retirement in 2006: “Seven times a champion, Michael Schumacher also holds nearly every scoring record in the book by a considerable margin.”

The sport has made Schumacher a very wealthy man. “Before he retired the first time, Schumacher was earning $60 million to $80 million annually as one of the world’s highest-paid athletes,” the Los Angeles Times adds. In 2001, he topped Forbes‘ annual list of sporting superstars — with $59 million in earnings.

His return to racing did not lead to the type of success he previously enjoyed. As the Times says, “after a three-year absence, Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari in consecutive years, emerged from retirement to drive again from 2010 through 2012, this time for the Mercedes team. The comeback proved disappointing, with the German driver going winless and managing only one top-three finish.”

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

A relative waits for word of missing passengers of a sunken ferry in Jindo, South Korea. A newly released transcript depicts a scene of confusion on the stricken ferry as it sank.

Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: ‘Please Come Quickly’

The radio call transcript gives new detail to a tragedy that has left about 240 people missing. Early in its plight, the South Korean ferry seems to have listed too far to deploy its life boats.


With the Colorado state capitol in the background, Cannabis Cup attendees dance and smoke pot at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver.

It’s 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today

The Cannabis Cup festival’s date is no coincidence – it’s a conversion of the pot smoker’s favorite time of 4:20 into a date. Denver is hosting it for the first time since state pot laws were relaxed.


A map image shows the exterior of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, a church that serves tourists visiting Walt Disney World in Florida.

The Florida Church Whose Worshipers Are All Tourists

The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it’s hosting tens of thousands of worshipers today –- it’s across the street from Walt Disney World.


Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxer who spent years wrongfully incarcerated for murder, has died at age 76. his life inspired a Bob Dylan protest song and the film Hurricane, starring Denzel Washington.

‘Hurricane’ Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former boxing champion who served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Carter’s story inspired a Bob Dylan protest song; he was 76.


A local resident inspects burnt-out cars after a night gunfight at a checkpoint under control of pro-Russian militants in the village of Bulbasika near Slovyansk Sunday.

Ukraine: Deadly Gunfight Rattles Easter Truce

The shootout took place at a checkpoint near Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants have held a government building since last week.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments