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Schumacher remains critical as family at bedside
Sunday December 29, 2013 - Email this article to a friend

The seven-time F1 champion was skiing in the French resort of Meribel. He suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital where his condition remains critical. His family are at his bedside.

The 44-year old German hit a rock while skiing off piste in the resort in Les Trois Vallees. 

A resort spokesman said he was wearing a helmet at the time.

The ski patrol was called and they gave him first aid at the scene and then called for a helicopter to take him to hospital.

He was first flown to Moutier and then taken to Grenoble as the seriousness of his condition was diagnosed.

His family, wife Corrina and children Mick and Gina Maria, is now at his bedside as doctors treat him.

"The family is not doing very well, obviously. They are shocked," his manager, Sabine Kehm, said to the media.

"We hope, with Michael Schumacher and with his family, that he can overcome and recover from his injuries," said a spokesman for the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

He has been put in a medically-induced coma to relieve pressure on his brain.

Doctors have lowered Schumacher's body temperature as part of the coma. This slows his metabolism down to help reduce inflammation.

He was just to the side of the marker posts and skiing with his teenage son.

The hospital has issued a statement on his condition.

"Mr Schumacher was admitted to the University Hospital of Grenoble at 12:40, 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 accident has re-ignited the debate over ski helmets and the exact levels of safety that they offer. 

Doctors have said that withouth a helmet he would probably be dead.

Schumacher is an experienced skier with good technique and ability.

Jamie Fox, head of communications for the British Ski Team who has skied with Schumacher said: "He absolutely adores skiing but he is incredibly competitive at anything he does."

"That was noticeable when we skied together, he was incredibly quick as you would expect. He was technically sound and very together."

We will bring you further news and details of the accident as we get it.

Doctors treating Michael Schumacher say they are unwilling to make predictions about his prognosis.

They are now working on an hour by hour basis.

Christopher Chandler of the London Neurosurgery Partnership said the fact he was left in a coma suggested the impact was "quite ferocious."

"It's impossible to know at this stage what the outcome will be," he said.

Motor raciing fans and well-wishers have gathered outside the hospital.

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