Seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher is in a coma and said to be in a critical condition after suffering a head injury in a skiing accident in France. A statement from the University Hospital of Grenoble, distributed by Schumacher’s management company on Sunday night, said the 44-year-old was in a coma after crashing his head while skiing in the resort of Meribel in France.
“Mr Schumacher was admitted to the University Hospital of Grenoble at 12:40pm, following a skiing accident which occurred in Meribel in the late morning,” the statement said. “He suffered a severe head injury with coma on arrival, which required immediate neurosurgical intervention. He remains in a critical situation.” Schumacher’s wife Corinna and his two children are reportedly at his bedside.
The former racing driver’s spokeswomen Sabine Kehm said in a statement: “Michael fell on his head when he was on a private skiing trip in the French Alps. Earlier, Schumacher’s management said he had been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. “He was taken to hospital and is receiving professional medical attention. “We ask for understanding that we cannot give out continuous information about his health. He was wearing a helmet and was not alone. No one else was involved in the fall.”