The Formula 1 top legend Michael Schumacher now in a critical condition following a skiing accident, the British media reporting, quoting the French hospital he’s now in. F1 seven-time world champion suffered serious brain haemorrhage (bleeding) was in a coma on arrival and undergoes a brain operation.
“Mr Schumacher was admitted to the University Hospital of Grenoble at 12:40 [11:40 GMT], following a skiing accident which occurred in Meribel in the late morning. He suffered a severe head injury with coma on arrival, which required immediate neurosurgical intervention. He remains in a critical situation,” the Grenoble hospital said in a statement.
The media explain the incident: Accident happened when Schumacher was skiing off-piste with his son in the French Alps on Sunday. He was wearing a helmet when he fell and hit his head against a rock at the French ski resort of Meribel, according to manager Sabine Kehm.
Professor Gerard Saillant, a close friend of Schumi, and his former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt are at the hospital. Prof Saillant, an expert in brain and spine injury, direct Schumacher’s medical care when the F1 champ broke his leg in the 1999 British Grand Prix.
French radio station RMC has reported that: Méribel director Christophe Gernignon-Lecomte told RMC radio: “He fell at 11:07am (CET) while skiing off-piste at Meribel. He was wearing a helmet and banged against a rock.
“Emergency services intervened quickly, at 11:15am. He was airlifted to hospital at Moûtiers (about 15km) away. He was shocked, a bit shaken up but conscious.
A spokesman for the first-aid responders in Méribel told CNN that Schumacher was indeed wearing a helmet, but said he had suffered “a relatively bad head injury.”