NEWS: Michael Schumacher in Critical Condition Following Skiing Accident

December 30, 2013
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After suffering a serious head injury while skiing with his family in the French Alps, doctors have confirmed that Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is being kept in a medically-induced coma in a Grenoble hospital.
According to Formula1.com, the 44 year-old German driver fell and struck his head on a rock, resulting in an brain hemorrhage that required immediate emergency surgery. Schumacher was airlifted by helicopter from the site of the accident at the Meribel resort to a Moutiers hospital, before his condition was determined to require treatment at a larger hospital in Grenoble, where he underwent the emergency procedure.
Although it appears he will not require a second surgery, the staff treating Schumacher stressed that his condition is still critical, and that he is not yet out of the woods.
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“We can say he is fighting for his life,” the medical team told reporters Monday morning. “We judge him to be in a very serious situation. We cannot tell what the outcome will be yet. We are working hour-by-hour but it’s too early to say what is going to happen and to have a prognosis.”
A respected and celebrated seven-time world champion in Formula One racing, Schumacher is also an experienced skier. The longtime Ferrari racecar driver was luckily wearing a helmet, which doctors acknowledge likely saved his life.
For now Schumacher remains under close watch—we’ll be sure to report back as further information on his condition becomes available.

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