German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made her first public appearance since fracturing her pelvis in a skiing accident.
Angela Merkel, 59, joined a group of children on Tuesday for a carol singing session. Although she was on crutches and limping slightly, Angela Merkel appeared to be in good spirits as she sang along.
The group of children were dressed in festive costumes and one young girl held up a song sheet for Angela Merkel to read from because she could not do so herself.
Angela Merkel has made her first public appearance since fracturing her pelvis in a skiing accident
Angela Merkel injured herself when she fell during a cross-country skiing accident in the alpine region in Engadin, Switzerland earlier this week.
On Monday government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that Chancellor Angela Merkel would be out of action for the next three weeks.
Steffen Seibert explained that Angela Merkel initially thought that she had suffered bruising but a doctor’s examination revealed a partial fracture to the left interior pelvic ring. She was told that the injury would require “lots of lying down”.
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Michael Schumacher’s condition has improved slightly after an operation to relieve pressure on his brain, his doctors say.
The doctors said a scan carried out after an overnight operation indicated that he was “better than yesterday”, but the former F1 champion was still “not out of danger”.
Michael Schumacher, 44, suffered head injuries on Sunday in a skiing accident in the French Alps.
He is in a medically induced coma at a hospital in Grenoble.
An initial scan on Monday night showed “an improved situation” and indicated a window of opportunity for a second operation, doctors said.
Michael Schumacher’s condition has improved slightly after an operation to relieve pressure on his brain
The family took the “difficult decision” to give consent for the procedure, and doctors operated on Michael Schumacher for about two hours.
A subsequent scan revealed a “slight improvement”.
“We can’t say he is out of danger but… we have gained a bit of time,” said Dr. Jean-Francois Payen.
“The coming hours are crucial.
“All the family is very much aware that his state is still sensitive and anything can happen.”
Doctors said it was impossible to give a prognosis for his condition in the coming days and months.
Michael Schumacher had been skiing off-piste with his teenage son when he fell and hit his head.
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Michael Schumacher is “fighting for his life” after the ski accident in the French Alps, his doctors say.
The F1 champion remains in a critical condition in hospital in Grenoble with head injuries suffered on Sunday morning at the resort of Meribel.
“We cannot tell you what the outcome will be yet,” the team treating him told a news conference on Monday morning.
Michael Schumacher underwent surgery on arrival at the University Hospital in Grenoble.
He remains in a coma and the medical team treating him said that they are working “hour by hour”.
“All we can do is wait,” the doctors added.
Michael Schumacher is “fighting for his life” after the ski accident in the French Alps
Prof. Jean-Francois Payen told reporters that if Michael Schumacher had not been wearing a protective helmet “he wouldn’t be here now”.
“We had to operate urgently to release some pressure in his head,” the anaesthetist said.
Neurosurgeon Stephan Chabardes said that a post-operative scan had shown “diffuse haemorrhagic lesions” on both sides of Schumacher’s brain.
The doctors refused to comment on his prognosis.
The 44-year-old German was skiing off-piste with his teenage son when he fell and hit his head on a rock.
Following the accident, Michael Schumacher was evacuated to the hospital in the nearby town of Moutiers.
Prof. Stephan Chabardes said the driver was in an “agitated condition” on arrival in Moutiers and his neurological condition “deteriorated rapidly”.
He was taken from Moutiers to the larger facility in Grenoble.
Michael Schumacher is being kept in a coma at a low temperature to facilitate his recovery, Prof. Jean-Francois Payen said.
The medical team said that Michael Schumacher’s relative youth and the fact that he was operated on without delay count in his favor.
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The funeral for Prince Johan Friso, who died on Monday following a ski accident, has been held in the Netherlands.
Dutch Prince Johan Friso remained in a coma for a year and a half after being hit by an avalanche at an Austrian ski resort in 2012.
The prince was buried in the small village of Lage Vuursche, near the castle where his mother, former Queen Beatrix, plans to retire.
Only residents and around 80 official guests attended, including Prince Johan Friso’s godfather, Norway’s King Harald V.
The royal family is planning a public memorial event later this year. Until then, a book of condolences has been opened online.
Prince Johan Friso was buried in the small village of Lage Vuursche, near the castle where his mother, former Queen Beatrix, plans to retire
Roads had been closed and events cancelled in Lage Vuursche as members of the royal family and their friends arrived at Stulpkerk church for the funeral.
Prince Johan Friso’s widow, Princess Mabel, attended with their two daughters, 8-year-old Luana and Zaria, 7, as did his mother Beatrix and brothers King Willem-Alexander and Prince Constantijn.
The 44-year-old prince was skiing off-piste in Lech in February 2012 when the avalanche struck, trapping him for more than 15 minutes and starving his brain of oxygen.
The prince was later flown to London for treatment. He was eventually discharged last month but remained in a “state of minimal consciousness”.
At the time, officials said Prince Johan Friso would spend the summer with his family, with medical treatment provided by a specialist team. He had since suffered complications and died on Monday morning in The Hague.
Prince Johan Friso was Queen Beatrix’s second of three sons, but was no longer in line to the throne after his 2004 marriage to Mabel Wisse Smit, because of her earlier involvement with a notorious Dutch drug criminal.
Shortly before becoming king on the abdication of Queen Beatrix, his elder brother Willem-Alexander spoke in April of the “terrible situation” the family had been living with.