Former F1 world champion Michael Schumacher remains stable and there has been no change to his condition overnight, it has been confirmed.
In a brief statement to the media, read by Schumacher's spokeswomen, Sabine Kehm, she said: “Michael Schumacher's condition has been supervised all night and has remained stable all of the night and also now this morning [too]. So the good news is we do not need to hold a press conference [today] because there are no significant changes [to his condition].”
Asked by reporters for more information, she stressed that he is still critical and urged reporters 'not to make too much of it'.
“It is good news for today, this minute – but overall he is still in a critical condition,” she continued.
“Do not judge too much out of this.
“We have no clue about the next 24 hours.”
Schumacher has been in intensive care since his skiing accident
on Sunday morning, when he hit his head on a rock while skiing off piste in the French resort of Meribel. The seven-time F1 world champion has been operated on twice – once when he was admitted to the hospital
in Grenoble and again on Monday night
after there was a 'slight improvement' in his condition. He is currently in an artificial coma with his family by his bedside.
Meanwhile, speaking on Tuesday, his manager revealed that the accident itself was just 'very, very unfortunate' and a case of 'extreme bad luck'.
“Having spoken to several people that were with Michael, he and the group had been skiing on slopes that were normal slopes. There was a blue slope and a red slope and in between there was a part that was deep snow and Michael went into that. But even after that, it would seem from everything people have told me that he was not even travelling at high speed as he had helped a friend who had just fallen on the piste,” she noted.
“So he started to ski again, went into this deep snow and apparently what we assume is he hit a rock when he wanted to do a curve and he was catapulted into the air and went head down hitting another rock. It was extreme bad luck and unfortunate circumstances and not because he was speeding too much. It was something, and I have spoken to several people, including ski instructors, and they say it can happen at 10kph.
“It is just very, very unfortunate.”
She also confirmed that a reporter had tried to get into Schumacher's room after posing as a priest: “Apparently a journalist dressed as a priest had tried to gain access to Michael's room. I wouldn't have ever imagined something like this could happen.”