BERLIN, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- The serious head injury, which German racing legend Michael Schumacher suffers, could lead to further complications and a wide variety of long-term consequences, German experts feared.
The seven-time Formula One world champion, who fell and hit his head on a rock on Sunday while skiing in the French Alps, remains in a critical condition with a coma after having undergone an immediate brain operation, a French hospital where Schumacher is being treated said Monday morning.
Schumacher suffers from a severe head trauma and his brain was also injured in the ski accident, Grenoble University Hospital Center briefed at a press conference.
"The coma is the result of a bleeding which probably occurred between the skull roof and the brain. The bleeding leads to an increase of the brain pressure, which could result in a stop of the brain functioning and thus a unconsciousness of the patient," Jorg Ansorg, Chief Executive of the Professional Board of German Surgeons, told media.
More dysfunctions may appear in the brain due to the unconsciousness, Ansorg added.
Christoph Specht, doctor and medical journalist, feared a wide variety of long-term consequences, ranging from drowsiness, paralysis, epileptic seizures to a change in the psyche.
Doctors of the Grenoble University Hospital Center didn't talk much about possible consequences of Schumacher's injury, saying it is too early to make any predictions.
The medical team is currently focusing on reducing the brain pressure and trying to win more time for further treatment, the hospital added.
Schumacher in critical conditions after skiing accident
PARIS, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Former F1 world champion Michael Schumacher is in critical conditions after being injured in a skiing accident on Sunday morning in Meribel, Savoie, southeastern France, local media reported.
According to the University Hospital Center of Grenoble, Isere, where he has been admitted, the German was "in a critical situation" on Sunday evening, French newspaper Le Figaro said on its website. Full story