Former F1 driver Schumacher in critical condition

2:07 AM, Dec 30, 2013   |    comments
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  • Fan waits in front of the Grenoble hospital, where former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was admitted after a ski accident, Meribel, France
    
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PARIS (AP) -- Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is hospitalized in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery following a skiing accident in the French Alps.

The Grenoble University Hospital Center says the retired racing driver arrived at the clinic in a coma Sunday and underwent immediate surgery for a serious head trauma.

It's not clear whether the 44-year-old Schumacher is still in a coma but the hospital statement, which was signed by a neurosurgeon, an anesthesiologist and the hospital's deputy director, says "he remains in a critical condition."

Schumacher's manager says the champion German driver was on a private skiing trip and "fell on his head."

According to a statement from the Meribel resort, Schumacher fell while skiing off the regular track earlier Sunday. Resort managers say he had been wearing a helmet and was conscious when rescuers first responded to the scene.

The resort says Schumacher's 14-year-old son was skiing with his father when the accident happened.

As news of the accident spreads, Formula One drivers are using social media to wish Schumacher a quick recovery.

Associated Press

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