Michael Schumacher coma update; Prayers continue for former F1 World Champion and family

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Formula One champion Michael Schumacher remains in an artificial coma, days after a ski crash that left him with a brain injury.

Schumacher, 44, is in a stable but critical condition after the ski accident in France last Sunday. His manager, Sabine Kehm, stated Wednesday: "The good news for today is ... there's no significant changes. However, it is still very early, and the situation overall is critical."

The seven-Times F1 world champion was at a ski resort in Meribel and is believed to have struck a stone while turning a corner in the French Alps. He then catapulted, hitting his head on a rock.

Schumacher has undergone two brain operations since the incident, and remains in an artificial coma.

On Thursday, Kehm told reporters that his condition remained stable overnight. "This is good news for the moment."

Schumacher's injury has drawn immense media attention, with over 100 reporters camped outside the hospital. Doctors have spoken to reporters twice regarding the F1 champion's condition.

One journalist reportedly attempted to enter the hospital disguised as a priest.

Meanwhile, former F1 champion Niki Lauda, who suffered a near-death experience when his Ferrari burst into flames during the German Grand Prix in 1976, told German magazine Die Zeit: "I think there is someone up there who is trying to help him (Schumacher) in this situation.

"At the time, I could help myself. Michael, though, cannot do anything for the moment,"

Schumacher's wife Corinna, their son Mick, and daughter Gina-Maria, are said to be by his bedside as he remains in the medical induced coma.

Prayers across the world are praying for Schumacher's recovery and his family.