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Michael Schumacher Is Fighting For His Life After He Fell And Hit His Head While Skiing With His Son In The French Alps

The former-Formula One driver is in a coma after having emergency surgery to treat a brain haemorrhage, his management said. His family were gathering around him, while medical sources confirmed he was in a ‘critical state’. Earlier a leading brain surgeon was seen arriving at the hospital in Grenoble, France, where he was being treated.

Michael Schumacher Is Fighting For His Life After He Fell And Hit His Head While Skiing With His Son In The French Alps
Michael Schumacher, pictured in 2005, has suffered an accident while skiing

Eyewitnesses said Schumacher lost consciousness briefly after falling and hitting his head on a rock. His family are reportedly with him at the hospital. They saw blood oozing from his helmet in the eight minutes between the fall and medics arriving in a helicopter to pick him up. The accident happened while Schumacher was skiing off-piste. A spokesman for the resort said it proved ‘you can’t do whatever you want’, and that skiers should stay on the pistes. The Dauphine Libere newspaper in Grenoble reported that the German’s life was in danger.

Michael Schumacher Is Fighting For His Life After He Fell And Hit His Head While Skiing With His Son In The French Alps
The Formula One legend - pictured in 2005 - is fighting for his life after hitting his head

Its report read: ‘The state of health of the veteran driver has worsened and his condition is considered life-threatening, according to our information.’ The Dauphine is one of the most respected papers in the Alps, with reliable medical contacts. Schumacher, who turns 45 on Friday, was skiing with his 14-year-old son Mick in Meribel, in the French Alps. He owns a property in the popular resort. He was at an altitude of almost 7,000ft at an ‘off-piste junction’ between two marked descents – Chamois, a red run, and Biche, a blue run, according to ski resort officials. A red run is for intermediate skiers, while a blue run is for beginners. Eyewitnesses who called the emergency services reported seeing blood coming from Schumacher’s helmet and marking the snow around.

Michael Schumacher Is Fighting For His Life After He Fell And Hit His Head While Skiing With His Son In The French Alps
Schumacher skiing in January 2005 at the Italian resort of Madonna di Campiglio

Eyewitnesses said Schumacher lost consciousness briefly after falling and hitting his head on a rock. His family are reportedly with him at the hospital. They saw blood oozing from his helmet in the eight minutes between the fall and medics arriving in a helicopter to pick him up. The accident happened while Schumacher was skiing off-piste. A spokesman for the resort said it proved ‘you can’t do whatever you want’, and that skiers should stay on the pistes. The Dauphine Libere newspaper in Grenoble reported that the German’s life was in danger.

Michael Schumacher Is Fighting For His Life After He Fell And Hit His Head While Skiing With His Son In The French Alps

Its report read: ‘The state of health of the veteran driver has worsened and his condition is considered life-threatening, according to our information.’ The Dauphine is one of the most respected papers in the Alps, with reliable medical contacts. Schumacher, who turns 45 on Friday, was skiing with his 14-year-old son Mick in Meribel, in the French Alps. He owns a property in the popular resort. He was at an altitude of almost 7,000ft at an ‘off-piste junction’ between two marked descents – Chamois, a red run, and Biche, a blue run, according to ski resort officials. A red run is for intermediate skiers, while a blue run is for beginners. Eyewitnesses who called the emergency services reported seeing blood coming from Schumacher’s helmet and marking the snow around.

Michael Schumacher Is Fighting For His Life After He Fell And Hit His Head While Skiing With His Son In The French Alps

Dr Gary Hartstein, who was F1’s medical delegate from 2005 to 2012 and knows Schumacher well, said: ‘The possibilities run everywhere from sequel free survival right down to the worst thing we can imagine. 'It sounds very dramatic but in reality there are a couple of levels of induced coma. Since Michael’s brain needs rest, since it needs to be guaranteed a perfect physiological situation - and that means the patient needs to be calm and not agitated, plus the fact that the patient has a tube in his windpipe – he needs to be put to sleep. It’s basically like a prolonged anaesthetic. When it is suggested to Hartstein that Schumacher is a risk taker but also someone whose fitness should aid his recovery, he said: ‘His fitness can only help. But look, Formula One is very adrenalized sport but Michael Schumacher is not what a would call a huge risk taker. He’s not someone who would just do anything.

Michael Schumacher Is Fighting For His Life After He Fell And Hit His Head While Skiing With His Son In The French Alps
Schumacher poses with his wife Corinna in Madonna di Campiglio in 2004

'Michael has never got into a rally car. He always said he would never do that. ‘But you’re right, skiing, especially off-piste powder skiing, can be a bit dangerous. But Michael would not have taken any risk without first considering things.’ Olivier Desaulty, a spokesman for Meribel Alpina, a ski lift company, said: ‘Some skiers saw the accident and called us. ‘We immediately sent two ski patrols who were close by. They checked him and called a helicopter. Apparently he was briefly – a minute or so – unconscious. But he came around quickly and was then talking.

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Source: Daily Mail
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