7 time Formula One world champion and racing driver great, Michael Schumacher, is in critical condition and in the state of coma following a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday morning. Reports revealed that Schumacher, 44, was skiing with a helmet on when he fell and hit his head against a rock. Initially, he remained conscious and was immediately sent for medical attention although his condition was not life-threatening. On later afternoon, his condition deteriorated and now the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver is now in critical condition. As for the time being, he was reported with serious cranial trauma requiring immediate neurosurgical intervention.
A statement from the University Hospital of Grenoble, distributed by Schumacher’s management company on Sunday night, confirmed the 44-year-old was in a coma.
“Mr Schumacher was admitted to the University Hospital of Grenoble at 12:40pm, following a skiing accident which occurred in Meribel in the late morning,” the statement said.
“He suffered a severe head injury with coma on arrival, which required immediate neurosurgical intervention. He remains in a critical situation.”
He was attended by a well-known surgeon and close friend of his, Professor Gerard Saillant. This shocking accident has created shockwave around Europe, causing anxiety among his family, friends, fans, and everyone from the F1 circus.
Former F1 driver and Sky F1 commentator Martin Brundle tweeted: “Come on Michael, give us one of those race stints at pure qualifying pace to win through, like you used to. You can do it.”
Brundle’s colleague David Croft tweeted: “Seen Michael Schumacher win plenty of great battles in his career this, the most important of all. Like all in F1, praying he pulls through.”
Brazilian driver and Schumacher’s former team mate, Felipe Massa, posted a picture of himself and Schumacher on Instagram, with the Portuguese message: “I’m praying for God to protect you, brother!”
Our prayers and best wishes for Michael and his family. We know his a brilliant fighter on track, and let’s hope he pulls through.