Doctors give no prognosis for Schumacher


GRENOBLE, France — Doctors offered a grim assessment of Michael Schumacher’s head injuries Monday, providing no prognosis for the Formula One driving great after his skiing accident in the French Alps.

Schumacher, 44, has been placed in a medically induced coma to relieve pressure on his brain, which suffered bruising and bleeding when the retired seven-time world champion fell and struck a rock Sunday while skiing during a family vacation.

“We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher,” Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, the doctor in charge of Grenoble University Hospital’s intensive care unit, said at a news conference.

“He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation,” said Payen. “We are working hour by hour.”

Schumacher’s wife, Corinna, daughter Gina Maria and son Mick were at his bedside.