As former Formula One (F1) racing champion Michael Schumacher remains in a medically induced coma and continues to fight for his life, the issue regarding immediate care that emergency responders gave him at the time of his accident is now being questioned. Did the emergency responders fail to give Schumacher proper assistance on the brain trauma that he suffered from the tragic accident while skiing at a French ski resort? Was there slow response from the medical team who first assisted Schumacher? Was there negligence of duty?
According to German magazine Stern, as reported by Mirror, Schumacher has lost "vital time" just to get to the right hospital after the skiing accident. Apparently, before Schumacher was brought to the University Hospital of Grenoble where he is currently being treated, he was taken to a regional hospital at Moutier. "A delay which the magazine said was critical to his health," wrote The Mirror.
Moreover, Stern suggested that the responders at the scene of the accident may have thought that Schumacher wasn't badly hurt at all. During the time when Schumacher was being brought to the regional hospital and aboard the chopper, they did not attach any ventilator to the racing champion who celebrated his 45th birthday in January.
As such, it was reportedly around that time when Schumacher's condition weakened and worsened, forcing the responders to bring the seven-time world champion to Moutier and further requiring crucial intervention in an effort to avert the "already worse situation" from getting even worse. During the stopover at Moutier, the doctors had to create an opening in Schumacher's trachea to make way for the respirator pipe which had further delayed the flight from the said regional hospital to Grenoble.
Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm, who has been constantly updating the general public about his condition, refused to comment on such allegations.
With all the debate surrounding the immediate care that Schumacher received right after his skiing accident, the doctors at Grenoble told Stern stated there wasn't any medical negligence that occurred, The Independent reported. The stopover at Moutier has, in fact, saved Schumacher's life. As crucial as his condition at this point in time may be, it was essential to bring him to a smaller hospital to get him in a stable condition. Moutier is only 5 minutes away by air from where Schumacher had his accident.