(PARIS) — Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher is in critical condition following brain surgery after a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday. Officials at the Grenoble University Hospital Center said Schumacher arrived in a coma and immediately underwent surgery for severe head trauma.
The seven-time Formula One champion reportedly fell while skiing off-piste in Meribel and hit his head on a rock, according to a statement released by the resort. The statement went on to say that Schumacher was wearing a helmet and conscious when rescuers arrived on the scene. The 44-year old was said to be on a private ski trip that also included his 14-year old son.
Schumacher originally retired in 2006 after winning five straight F1 titles with Ferrari. He later returned in 2010, racing three seasons with Mercedes before again calling it quits last year.
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