Michael Schumacher, the amazing Formula 1 driver, is in critical condition after a severe skiing accident. Read on for the details on Schumacher's condition and the accident.
1. Schumacher Has Suffered Severe Head Trauma
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Schumacher is in critical condition after a skiing accident in the French Alps today. While skiing, Schumacher fell and hit his head on a rock at the Meribel Resort, resulting in severe head trauma. CNN reports:
Resort director Christophe Gernignon-Lecomte said the incident happened while Schumacher was skiing off-piste (on unmarked slopes) Sunday morning in the mountains of Meribel resort between Georges Bauduis Piste and La Biche Piste. Gernignon-Lecomte told CNN the racing star was wearing a helmet when he hit his head.
Apparently, Schumacher was skiing with his 14-year-old son Mick at the time of the accident, according to the Daily Mail.
2. The Motorsport Legend Was Airlifted to the Hospital
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After the accident Schumacher was reached by first-responders within minutes. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital and then had been transferred from the Hospital of Moutiers to the Grenoble Hospital, where there's a trauma center. Schumacher was said to have been conscious at the scene of the accident and the injury was originally considered to not be life-threatening. However, witnesses who reported the accident, stated they saw blood coming from Schumacher's helmet and on the snow around him. A spokeswoman told the Daily Mail:
He fell and hit his head at 11:07am. A helicopter was at the site at 11:15am.
3. Schumacher Arrived at the Hospital in a Coma
When Schumacher first received help, his condition did not seem grave. However, by the time Schumacher reached the hospital, he had slipped into a coma. He then was taken into brain surgery almost immediately. Schumacher's wife Corinna, 16-year-old daughter Gina-Marie, and Schumacher's son Mick were all at the hospital and currently remain there.
Schumacher's 45th birthday is this coming Friday.
4. The Cause of the Accident Is Unclear
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The resort director has stated that there is an investigation currently going on to see what caused Schumacher's fall. He stated to CNN that:
We have to wait for a police report. There is an open investigation going on. We insist on the fact that Michael Schumacher was skiing off-piste and his fall is not linked to an avalanche.
5. Reps Have Confirmed the Incident
— Raoul Hyman (@RaoulHyman) December 30, 2013
Spokeswoman Sabine Kehm has posted a statement on the Formula 1 site in regards to Schumacher's condition saying:
He was taken to hospital and is receiving professional medical care. We ask for understanding that we cannot give continuous information about his health. He was wearing a helmet and was not alone. For his fall, no other person was involved.