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Schumacher Battles for Life After Ski Fall

  • Michael Schumacher looks up at a monitor in his garage during the second practice session for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam, Oct. 14, 2011.
  • Michael Schumacher looks to a Ferrari car as he walks through the pit lane before the first practice session at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, March 12, 2010.
  • Michael Schumacher crashes with his Honda CBR 1000RR during the second run of the Superbike International German Championship in Oschersleben, May 18, 2008.
  • Michael Schumacher lifts the trophy on the podium after winning the Italian Grand Prix at the Monza race track, Sept. 10, 2006.
  • Michael Schumacher skis during his team's winter retreat in the Dolomite resort of Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy, Jan. 12, 2006.
  • Michael Schumacher leads Williams BMW Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Monza race track Sept. 14, 2003.
  • Michael Schumacher's car is airborne during a crash in the first practice session for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, March 2, 2001.
Michael Schumacher
Seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher was fighting for his life on Monday after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel, doctors said.

“We can say that his condition is life-threatening,” Jean-Francois Payen, head anaesthetician at the CHU hospital in the eastern French city of Grenoble, told a news conference.

“For the moment we cannot say what Michael Schumacher's future is,” he added. “We are working round the clock - we are trying to win time.”

The retired motor racing great, 44, slammed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste on Sunday morning in the French Alpine resort where he has a vacation home.

“His helmet did of course protect him at least partly. Someone who had suffered a similar accident without a helmet would not have made it here [to the hospital],” Payen said.

Schumacher was initially conscious as he was transported to a local hospital in Moutiers and then to Grenoble. However, his condition deteriorated sharply afterwards.

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