Michael Schumacher is in a coma as a result of head trauma sustained in an accident at a ski resort in France. His condition was tonight described as ‘critical’.
The accident happened when Schumacher and his son, Mick, were skiing on an unmarked slope at the Meribel ski resort. Schumacher fell and hit his head on a rock. Rescue workers were at the scene within minutes and immediately requested an air-ambulance to transport Schumacher to the local Moutiers hospital.
After arriving at the hospital, Schumacher was then forwarded to Grenoble hospital where he remains. A French neurologist, Gerard Saillant, who is also close friends with Schumacher, was rushed to the his bedside, where his wife Corinna and his two children already held vigil.
His condition was initially described as “not very serious”, by the Meribel resort director, Gernignon Christophe Lecomte. However, this claim was contradicted by the local mountain guard who reported Schumacher’s condition as being “relatively serious” but not life threatening.
Schumacher’s agent, Sabine Kehm, then released a short 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.”
An official update was scheduled for 8pm local time, but the hospital then cancelled the press conference and Schumacher’s management was due to release a written statement shortly afterwards, which did not come for some time.
At almost twenty-to-eleven local time, Schumacher’s management broke the news that he was in a coma following major head injuries he suffered in the fall. They classified his condition as ‘critical’ and said that he required urgent neurological treatment upon arrival at Grenoble.
No further details have yet been released.