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Michael Schumacher 'Hurt In Skiing Accident'

Last Updated 12:46 29/12/2014

Former motor racing world champion Michael Schumacher has been seriously hurt in a skiing accident, according to reports in France.

French media organisation Europe 1 reported that he had been taken to a hospital with a head injury.

The accident reportedly happened while the 44-year-old German was skiing in the resort of Meribel in the French Alps.

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Christophe Gernignon-Lecomte, director of the Meribel resort, told Radio Monte Carlo Sport: "He was shocked, a little shaken but conscious.

"It may be a head injury but it is not very serious."

He added: "He was wearing a helmet and banged [his head] against a rock."



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Latest news tell that he is in critical condition and has internal bleeding in his brains. Really hope he can pull through this.

BBC website not reporting that yet Cisse. This is bad news indeed.
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Former Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life in intensive care tonight following a horrific skiing accident.
The 44-year-old's head hit a rock following an off-piste fall in the French Alpine resort of Meribel on Sunday morning.
An emergency evacuation followed, with Schumacher airlifted off the slopes by helicopter while still conscious.
But tonight the local Dauphine Libere newspaper reported that the German's life was in danger. 
Verified medical sources at the Grenoble hospital confirmed that Schumacher was in a ‘critical state’ and suffering from a brain haemorrhage. 
His wife, Corinna, and son, Mick, and daughter, Gina-Marie, were all in the hospital, according to the sources.
The three sources were tonight being widely quoted by French media, including national newspapers, TV and radio.
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Michael Schumacher, seven-time Formula 1 world champion, is in a "critical condition" after a skiing accident, says the French hospital at which he is being treated.

The 44-year-old German "was suffering a serious brain trauma with coma on his arrival" the hospital in the south-east city of Grenoble said in a statement.

Schumacher's management confirmed his critical condition, reports said.

He was skiing off-piste with his son in the Alps when the accident occurred.

Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he fell and hit his head against a rock, Meribel resort director Christophe Gernignon-Lecomte said earlier.

Early reports had said his condition was not life-threatening.

Mr Gernignon-Lecomte said Schumacher was conscious when he was attended to by two ski patrollers who requested helicopter evacuation to the nearby valley town of Moutiers.

He was subsequently moved to the bigger facility at Grenoble. His wife Corinna and children are with him.

The German, who is due to turn 45 on 3 January, retired from F1 for a second time in 2012.

Professor Gerard Saillant, a close ally and friend of Schumacher, and his former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt are at the hospital.

Prof Saillant is an expert in brain and spine injury. He oversaw Schumacher's medical care when the German broke his leg in the 1999 British GP.

The hospital statement was signed by the facility's neurosurgeon, the professor in charge of its anaesthesia/revival unit, and the hospital's deputy director, said AFP news agency.

Schumacher won seven world championships and secured 91 race victories during a 19-year career in Formula 1.

He won two titles with Benetton, in 1994 and 1995, before switching to Ferrari in 1996 and going on to win five straight titles from 2000.

The German retired in 2006, but returned in 2010 with Mercedes. After three seasons which yielded just one podium finish, he quit the sport at the end of 2012.



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