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F1 legend Michael Schumacher in 'critical condition' after skiing accident

Former Ferrari and Mercedes F1 driver Michael Schumacher critical after skiing accident
Seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher is said to be in a 'critical condition' following an accident while skiing in the French resort of Meribel.

The incident happened on Sunday morning at around 11am with the hospital in Grenoble, where he is being treated, putting out a statement tonight, adding that the 44-year-old is suffering a 'serious brain trauma' and was in a 'coma on his arrival', something that 'necessitated immediate neurosurgery'.

Reports earlier in the day suggested he was 'shaken but conscious' when taken to hospital and that the injury was not serious, even though he was transferred from a local hospital in Meribel to a larger one in Grenoble.

It was also reported that while he hit his head against a rock in the accident, he was – thankfully – wearing a helmet.

Professor Gerard Saillant, a close friend of Schumacher and also a brain and spine injury specialist, and his former Ferrari team boss - now FIA president - Jean Todt, are at the hospital, along with his wife and two children.

Another update from the hospital is due on Monday morning with a press conference scheduled for 11am local time [10am UK time].

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Dr Thompson

December 29, 2013 10:18 PM

I have had no love for Michael Schumacher the racer, but as a human being I hope the reports of the seriousness of his injury prove to be false. Best wishes to him, his family, & his many fans. C'mon Schumi!!

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