Schumacher airlifted to hospital after skiing accident

Michael Schumacher is known to be a keen skier

Michael Schumacher is known to be a keen skier

Retired seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher suffered a head injury in a fall while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel on Sunday, an official has announced.

The 44-year-old German was wearing a helmet and was conscious while being transported to a local hospital in Moutiers, the resort director, Christophe Gernigon-Lecomte, told Reuters.

While suggesting that Schumacher was less seriously injured than initial reports had indicated, the director said thatthe former driver had been transferred subsequently to a better-equipped medical unit in Grenoble for further examinations.

Schumacher’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm was unable to give any further information about his condition but confirmed he was on a private ski trip and had not been alone.

Gernigon-Lecomte said that Schumacher, who has a vacation home in Meribel, had been skiing off piste.

Michael Schumacher with Sebastian Vettel at the end of the latter's final grand prix in Brazil 2012

Michael Schumacher with Sebastian Vettel at the end of the latter’s final grand prix in Brazil 2012

“He fell around 11:00 am and hit a rock with his head,” he added. “It seems that he has suffered a head trauma, but I would not say how serious it is. He was conscious but very agitated while being taken to hospital.”

Schumacher, whose birthday is on Jan 3, is the most successful Formula 1 driver of all time with a record 91 victories among his achievements. He won his titles with Benetton and Ferrari.

He left the sport last year after a three-year comeback with Mercedes following an earlier retirement from Ferrari at the end of 2006. The German lives in Switzerland with his wife and two children.

Schumacher said in an interview in November, “I have arrived in my new life and that is very nice. Even if you go back after the first time I retired I didn’t really miss it because I have so many other pleasureful things to do, so it is a good life.” (Reuters-Apex)

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  • Tamburello_1994

    Shades of Natasha Richardson.

  • Tinto

    Neck accident a few years ago, now a head one. Take it easy Michael…

  • jeff

    That’s Michael always in the fast lane! Get Well Soon.

  • WestMclarenMercedes

    Oh dear neck injury in 2009 now head. Slow down mate

  • McLarenfan

    Most would have taken the neck as a warning but now the head I would think someone is sending a message “Slow Down”.

  • haha

    I read on local news site that it’s quite a serious head trauma and his condition is deteriorating this evening. I hope he’s not the next Clay Regazzoni. Get well soon Michael and prevent such things in the future. Think of your family which is more important than speed, certainly now you’re retired. You would be missed by all, you don’t have to die to be a legend, you are a living one. You already were one before retiring just as Senna already was before his “accident”. Michael please hang around for a while!

  • MightyK

    Just echoing all the other well wishes.

  • Butterfly

    I read somewhere that he’s got cerebral hemorrhage.

  • Erich Lacher

    Ich wuensche alles guete fuer die ganze Familie Schuemacher.

  • haha

    Butterfly, unfortunately it’s true. Olivier Panis was at the hospital because he lives in grenoble, and his verry short interview and facial expression tells no good at all.

  • F1 Fan For A Long Time

    No matter what has gone on behind the wheel, Michael has always remained a private but dedicated family man, and for F1, Corinna and the kids, I really hope my lifetime sporting idol makes a full and complete recovery.

  • haha

    Cnn just anounced he’s in a coma, pffffff.

  • Tinto

    Bild has reported he is on coma, conditions deteriorating, fighting for his life. Boy, hope that is wrong…

  • Tamburello_1994

    ESPN is reporting condition critical in a coma on arrival.

    Cmon Michael FIGHT!

  • Butterfly

    Tamburello_1994:

    I don’t think there’s anything he can do. It’s up to the doctors, really.

  • Tamburello_1994

    It’s up at Huffington Post so this is beyond Formula 1 now. It’s a mainstream regular news story.

    Yea Butterfly I hear ya, But I rather picture Micheal fighting for recover than just laying there.

  • McLarenfan

    Not looking good he is in a Coma and they have flown a professor Brain surgeon Gerard Saillant in to look after him apparently he has hit his head on the same place as he injured when he damaged his neck falling of the motorbike.
    Wishing you well Schuey

  • Butterfly

    I have nothing against the guy, but he’s had that accident with the bike a few years ago, nearly broke his neck, now this serious accident with coma and brain surgery…

    The RoC was also cancelled this year for the first time ever.

    This could be the end of the road for Michael.

    I hope he fully recovers, although you never fully recover after brain surgery.

    Let’s wait and see, but it looks like there’s something about the guy right now.

  • kmr gs

    SCHUMI Don’t leave us in despai, You’re The King and You must fight with the power of all the prayes of us worldwide

  • Tamburello_1994

    SOME UPDATES WOULD BE NICE.

    Everyone is saying the exact same thing ffs.

  • SteveisGreat

    There are no updates because they are keeping him in a coma until his brain stops swelling… a common practice with serious brain trauma. But the fact remains no one can predict what will happen when and if he wakes.

    Best wishes for him and his family!

  • Butterfly

    SteveIsNotThatGreat:

    He was in a coma when he arrived at the hospital.

  • SteveisGreat

    @ Butterfly: the ROC was cancelled due to political unrest in Thailand and has nothing to do with Schumi’s accident. It was cancelled a month ago.

  • Butterfly

    SteveisGreat:

    Are you retarded? Of course it had nothing to do with his accident. I was saying that maybe he’s been slowly “erased” from people’s eyes.

    I was implying a faith thing… Kind of “end is near” if I’m not being too obscure for you.

    Jeez.

  • Butterfly

    SteveisGreat:

    Are you dumb or something? Of course it had nothing to do with his accident. I was saying that maybe he’s being slowly “erased” from people’s eyes. First the end-of-year Roc goes away then this accident.

    I was implying a faith thing… Kind of “end is near” if I’m not being too obscure for you.

    Jeez.

  • Tamburello_1994

    Hearing he’s on a ventilator. I guess that’s to be expected.

    Not good news though.

  • Tamburello_1994

    *Rolls his eyes at Butterfly*

  • Butterfly

    Tamburello_1994:

    Yeah, that’s to be expected after brain surgery…

    Old fool.

  • Tamburello_1994

    Butterfly!! Cmon!! do you have to start your shyt tonight of all nights?

    Have you no shame, Girlfriend? Seriously.

  • Mercedes supporter forever

    There are websites saying that he’s in critical condition.

  • Mercedes supporter forever

    The BBC News are reporting that he’s in critical condition now..

  • Butterfly

    Tamburello_1994:

    Not your gf, old man.

  • GetwellsoonF1

    C’mon Michael. Fight. Please, For us. For your family. The biggest fight of your life. We are all with you in spirit.

  • Tamburello_1994

    And I’m not an old man. So we’re even.

  • felix rae

    Update from BBC News:
    Michael has been put into a medically induced coma in an attempt to appease the build up of blood between his cranium and brain tissue.

    It sounds like an epidural hematoma. Common with skiing accidents.

    If it’s untreated for too long, people normally die within hours, so I am taking no news as good news.

    If there is anyone who is tenacious enough to fight this, it’s Shumi!

  • haha

    Still dumbheads arguing on here! Aren’t you ashamed of yourselves?

  • Zombie Jebus

    Butterfly go troll someone else. I’ve never read a single post by you that even has the shred of sense.

  • SteveisGreat

    Nutterfly: as the whole world who cared enough to get the info from more than one source knows/knew he arrived at the first hospital in a coma and then was placed in a second coma during and following his surgery at the second hospital as is standard procedure for intercranial haematoma/pressure.

    You seriously have issues to jump my case for your not being aware of the details of the this… dare I say… “incredible” story about someone that many of us loved and hated and definitly respected. 99.9% of the fans and newsies are all pulling for the guy and have expressed deepest sympathies to the Schumacher family as only a true ignoramus and fool won’t recognize the extremely long odds he’s facing despite the massive and rapid first class medical attention he’s recieving.

    Congrats, you just proved you are the biggest loser on this site. You should send BoycotttheBull a sympathy card for stealing his title by becoming the lowest intelligence quotient to operate a keyboard.

  • Butterfly

    SteveisGreat:

    Yawn.

    When you called yourself “the great” I thought you were just being funny, but by looking at that rubbish you wrote there, I’m starting to think you’re actually hurt for being called dumb.

    Interesting…

  • Tamburello_1994

    MOVING RIGHT ALONG – DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY FRESH

    UPDATES ABOUT OUR GUY MICHAEL SCHUMACHER???

  • Butterfly

    News is expected today.

  • Tamburello_1994

    It’s daytime in Europa. . . . . Anybody got a start time on the update?

  • Tinto

    As per Bild, he is stil hovering in mortal danger, but feeling ?better…

    Interesting detail about accident, the translation is a bit odd from german by Google. “…Meanwhile, new details of what happened have come to light. Schumi was probably not fast on the piste – because he just helped a friend who had crashed on the slopes. Then Michael Schumacher took up speed again, turned a corner and then hit on a stone. Thus he was catapulted into the air – and ended up with his head on a rock. His spokeswoman Sabine Kehm: “This is an extreme chain of extremely unfortunate circumstances. This has been a big, big trouble. This is not due to the fact that he was too fast…”