Michael Schumacher has been airlifted to hospital after a skiing accident in France.
The seven-time World Champion was on holidays with his son, Mick, when the accident happened. Schumacher was skiing on an unmarked slope when he fell and hit his head on a rock. Early reports were that Schumacher had suffered “serious head injuries”, but it is now believed to be less serious as he was wearing a helmet at the time.
Gernignon Christophe Lecomte, the director at Meribel ski resort, played down Schumacher’s injuries, saying that help arrived quickly and his condition was ‘not very serious’.
“He fell at 11:07, whilst skiing off-piste at Meribel. He was wearing a helmet and banged against a rock. Relief responded quickly at 11:15. He was airlifted and taken to hospital at Moutiers (15km away),” Lecomte said.
“He was shocked, a little shaken but conscious. It may be a head injury but it is not very serious.”
However, the mountain guard, who would have assisted in Schumacher’s early recovery and treatment, believe that his injuries were “relatively serious”, but not life threatening.
Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s agent, released a statement in which she said, “Michael fell on his head during a private ski trip in the French Alps. He was hospitalised and is receiving medical care. We ask for your understanding that we cannot give a running commentary on his state of health.”
After initially being airlifted to Moutiers hospital, Schumacher was forwarded to Grenoble who are currently treating him. His management will release another statement soon.