Doctors removed part of Schumacher’s skull to relieve pressure on brain 23 January, 2014 It has emerged that doctors have removed a part of Michael Schumacher’s skull to relieve life threatening swelling of the brain, after he severely injured his head when he fell while skiing almost four weeks ago, but this may result in negative long term side effects for the Formula 1 legend. Bloomberg reported: “Seven-time Formula 1 Champion Schumacher, 45, was placed in an induced coma by doctors after his accident. He has since undergone partial skull-removal as a way to relieve dangerous pressure, as well as surgery to remove blood clots in his head. Since the first week of January, the Grenoble University Hospital where he is in an induced coma has declined to update his condition.” “Aggressive care for head injury can keep some patients alive and maximize the odds of recovery by preventing further damage. Even so, treatment often remains elusive and an invasive, hit-or-miss process that requires months or years of rehabilitation with uncertain results.” “Doctors rely on a variety of steps to manage brain swelling after a head injury. They monitor brain pressure closely and drain fluid from the brain or use saline solution or a diuretic to draw fluid out of brain tissue.” “If that doesn’t work, surgeons may remove a chunk of the skull to allow room for the brain to swell, as Schumacher’s doctors did. When possible, surgeons will also remove large clots that press dangerously on the brain,” the report added. On 17 January, Schumacher was described as stable, by his PA Sabine Kehm, while the family said yesterday in a statement, “We all know: he is a fighter and will not give up! We are deeply moved that there is no let up in the good wishes for Michael from around the world. That gives us strength. Thank you all of you!” (GP247) Subbed by AJN.