Schumacher is said to have been on a personal holiday in the luxurious Meribel resort, where he was skiing. He will turn 45, next Friday. It is not clear how the accident took place, but observers reveal that he hit his head on a rock. Schumacher was wearing a helmet at the time of accident. Mountain Police were first to arrive, and they gave him first aid.
According to the police, Schumacher was conscious after the accident, but a little agitated. A helicopter arrived at the scene within 10 minutes and he was air-lifted to a local facility. But, later to a University Hospital Center of Grenoble. By the time he arrived at the Grenoble facility, Schumacher had entered coma. In the meantime, a specialist neurosurgeon was brought in from Paris.
According to Resort director Christophe Gernignon-Lecomte, the incident happened while Schumacher was skiing off-piste (on unmarked slopes) Sunday morning in the mountains of Meribel resort between Georges Bauduis Piste and La Biche Piste, reveals CNN.
Speaking about the cause of the accident, he adds, “We have to wait for a police report,” he said. “There is an open investigation going on. We insist on the fact that Michael Schumacher was skiing off-piste and his fall is not linked to an avalanche.”
Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s spokesperson said, “”He was taken to hospital and is receiving professional medical care. We ask for understanding that we cannot give continuous information about his health. He was wearing a helmet and was not alone. For his fall, no other person was involved.”
The hospital, where Schumacher is being treated, stated, his condition is ‘critical’ and he is “suffering a serious brain trauma with coma on his arrival, which required an immediate neurosurgical operation.”
The hospital is yet to confirm whether Schumacher is still in coma, even after brain surgery. As soon as the news of his accident spread, his colleagues from Formula 1 prayed for Schumacher’s well being, along with the entire world of motorsport.
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) December 29, 2013
I hope Michael Schumacher will get well soon! All my best to him and his family #gutebesserung
— Adrian Sutil (@SutilAdrian) December 29, 2013