Schumacher 'critical' after France ski accident

Schumacher 'critical' after France ski accident
Michael Schumacher speaking at the Ferrari press conference

*UPDATE*Schumacher still in ‘critical condition’: hospital

GRENOBLE, France - Michael Schumacher, the retired seven-time Formula One champion, was still in "critical condition" on Monday after suffering severe brain trauma in a skiing accident in the French Alps, doctors said.

Doctors at the hospital in the southeastern city of Grenoble where he is being treated added it was still too early to make a prognosis on the famous patient.

The German racing legend, who turns 45 at the end of the week, had been skiing off-piste Sunday with his 14-year-old son in the upmarket Meribel resort when he fell and hit his head on a rock.

The resort initially described his head injury as "serious" but not life-threatening, but as the hours went by, news of his condition became more alarming.

Late on Sunday evening, the hospital where he is being treated said he was "suffering a serious brain trauma with coma on his arrival, which required an immediate neurosurgical operation".

"He remains in a critical condition", the hospital in the southeastern city of Grenoble added.

An update on his condition is expected at 1000 GMT Monday.

Two mountain police officers who gave first aid to Schumacher said he was suffering "severe cranial trauma" when they got to him and a helicopter was brought in to evacuate him. Schumacher, who had been wearing a helmet, was initially conscious after the accident "but a little agitated", according to Meribel resort director Christophe Gernigon-Lecomte.

He later fell into a coma and Gerard Saillant, a renowned Parisian neurologist, rushed to Grenoble to help take charge of the famous patient.

Schumacher's wife Corinna was at his side with his two children, while police kept guard at the hospital's entrances where journalists waited in the biting cold.

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