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Skiing accident. Hit his head on a rock, can never be good.http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/mobile/article.aspx?_s=69f0ef8e-fd55-4593-aae1-47fe0f2c0ae9&_sp=2052&id=8777360&mch=mobilenh&mchpost=pos2
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.
I don't like hearing someone is critical. That's the second worst news you can get.
Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher would not be alive if he had not worn a helmet, doctors treating him say, as the legend remains in a critical condition following a ski accident."If someone had had this type of accident without a helmet, they would definitely not be here," one doctor said.Doctors say it is still too early to tell what the outcome will be.Intensive care unit head Jean-Francois Payen told a news conference that Schumacher's condition is "life-threatening"."For the moment, we cannot say what Michael Schumacher's future is," he said.
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