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F1 Racer Schumacher ‘Critical’ After Skiing Accident

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Medics are seen outside the emergency services at the CHU Nord Hospital in Grenoble, French Alps, where retired Formula 1 racer Michael Schumacher was taken following a skiing accident, Dec. 29, 2013.

Medics are seen outside the emergency services at the CHU Nord Hospital in Grenoble, French Alps, where retired Formula 1 racer Michael Schumacher was taken following a skiing accident, Dec. 29, 2013.

Retired seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is in 'critical' condition following a fall while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel, his agent said on Sunday.

The 44-year-old German was taken to a hospital in Grenoble and placed under the care of Professor Gerard Saillant, a brain and spine injury expert.

“He suffered head trauma with coma that needed prompt neurosurgical treatment,” Schumacher's agent said in a statement late in the evening, which a hospital official read to reporters. “He remains in a critical condition.”

FILE - Racing champion Michael Schumacher acknowledges fans before the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Interlagos Circuit in Sao Paulo November 25, 2012.

FILE - Racing champion Michael Schumacher acknowledges fans before the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Interlagos Circuit in Sao Paulo November 25, 2012.

A hospital official declined to give more details but said more information would be given out on Monday.

Schumacher is the most successful Formula One driver of all time with a record 91 race victories. 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. He lives in Switzerland with his wife and two children.
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