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Posted By: James Allen  |  29 Dec 2013   |  3:42 pm GMT  |  69 comments

[Updated] Michael Schumacher is in hospital in Grenoble undergoing tests this evening, following a skiing accident in Meribel this morning.

There have been conflicting reports of his condition, with initial reports that it was serious, then comments from the director of the resort and indications from Mercedes that it was not as serious as first reported by French media.

However, according to sources in Italy and France, close to this site, “the injury is serious, but not life threatening.”

He was skiing off piste with friends, when he crashed, hitting his head on a rock. He was wearing a helmet but suffered a head injury. He was treated at the scene, then taken to the local Moutiers hospital, from where he was then transferred to the larger Grenoble hospital by helicopter.

Schumacher will receive the attention of Professor Gerard Saillant, a close ally and friend of Schumacher and his former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt. Saillant is an expert in brain and spine injury. He oversaw Schumacher’s treatment following his broken leg at the 1999 British Grand Prix.

A statement from Schumacher’s right hand woman Sabine Kehm issued early this afternoon made no attempt to clarify his condition and simply said,

“Michael suffered a head injury in a private ski trip in the French Alps. He was taken to hospital and is receiving professional medical care. We ask for understanding that we can not give continuous information about his health. He was wearing a helmet and was not alone.

“NB – For his fall, no other person was involved.”

In February 2009 Schumacher suffered a head and neck injury when he crashed a racing motorcycle. He tried to fill in for Felipe Massa in the Ferrari in August that year but was unable to do so. At the time he said,

“The consequences of the injuries caused by the bike-accident in February, fractures in the area of head and neck, unfortunately have turned out to be still too severe.

“That is why my neck cannot stand the extreme stresses caused by Formula 1 yet.”

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I never liked Michael when he was racing – I thought him arrogant and unsporting but I never would wish anything like this on him.

Get well soon Michael.

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Would just like to add to my post that I wasn’t wearing a helmet when I had my accident, as at the time it seemed only the racers were using them. I do now. I hope the fact that Michael was wearing one will allow him to regain full health and enjoyment of life very quickly. They MUST be made compulsory on the slopes, as they DO save lives. COOL SKIERS WEAR HELMETS.

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Come on Michael. We’re all praying for you and your family. A true racer, and a true gent off track. I did something very similar whilst ski-ing in 2003, and damaged several vertebrae right at the top of my neck. I still get quite a lot of pain in my neck and head on a daily basis from it, but so long as I have breath in my body, I’ll be ripping down the mountains whenever I can, until I’m physically unable to. Michael, my wish for you is that you’ll be able to do the same (hopefully without the pain). Our hearts are with you.

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I’m not one to comment often on this blog, although I do enjoy the unparalleled information and fan input it provides and the open arena for discussion on all things F1, and I guess my silence is broken – purely to put across that I, as perhaps many others have noted, MSC is a true legend of the sport.

No matter how much many people (in my opinion) wrongly hated him, I’ve always admired his resilience,determination, and unrelenting desire to be the absolute best at what he does. some would call it bare faced arrogance ( in his first f1 career stint) but lets face it, to be at the top of your game in any profession a degree of arrogance and blind self belief is required. This ruthlessness was even evident in the great Senna during his battles with Prost.

Michael was the reason I got into F1 in the mid 90’s as a young 12 year old, and though his incredible win streak in the early noughies did tire me, Ive always admired and respected him, and warmed even more during his return to F1 – then emerged a more human, less robotic MSC, humble in defeat and growing ever popular.

He is a hero to a generation of motorsport fans such as me, and though Senna will be regarded my many as the epitome of what a racing driver is and was, for me MSC is my childhood hero and from my time. I sincerely hope he pulls through and gets over this event, and decides to go thrill seeking no more. I’m deeply saddened as it is and feel for his family.

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Get well as soon as possible!

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Wishing him a super-quick recovery. He ‘ll always be a hero and a champion.

7

I with Michael well and I was shocked by the news. I had a very bad ski accident myself. I really hope that he will still live and be back to nirmal health….

What surprises me is to read many comments with folks now asking God and praying God. In all other cases mentioning God is now offensive. People only remember God when they have problems…..sad….

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Get well soon Schumi!!!…our prayers are with u…

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I was shocked when I heard the news on his FB page. I hope he will be OK.

He is my childhood hero and he is still my hero today. My prayers goes to him to get well soon.

10

Get well soon. Your the legend that made F1 special. Your work isn’t done yet.

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I was never a fan in his heyday, but grew to like him enormously during his comeback. Sincerest best wishes MS, keep fighting, you are a legend.

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Get well soon michael. Our thoughts are with you.

13

Hoping he gets well soon and the injury doesnt affect his life/health.

He is like a hero to me…… and thats coming from a Hakkinen/Raikkonen fan!

Still hope I get a chance to meet him someday. An inspiring individual!

14

This really highlights the dangers of skiing. No matter how experienced you are, an unfortunate incident is only literally around the corner. The snow hides rocks, boulders and ice very well.

Just returned from a skiing trip in St Moritz, and a friend (experienced skier)fell on what seemed like powder snow and shattered his shoulder. He had to be airlifted of the mountain. In fog and zero visibility, i got lost trying to get back to the ski lift to take me down the mountain. I eventually ended up walking all the way down. Took 2hrs in darkness and fog so bad i couldn’t see more than a a few feet in front of me with sheer drops on either side. I was very lucky to find my way down – And we are not yet on the subject of hitting trees or other skiers – most dangerous of incidents, and often with disastrous consequences.

Skiing is unbelievably dangerous, and wearing a helmet on the slopes should be compulsory. I wore one (as i was a learner), but didn’t see any experienced skiers wear them.

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Reputable a Australian media is quoting French outlets that his initial condition wasn’t life-threatening, but has since deteriorated. ????????

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Clarks4WheelDrift

Always has more admiration of his driving than adulation of a fan but wish him the very best and hope he recovers from a serious sounding ski accident in the beautiful off piste areas of the Three Valleys. The very best will be looking after him and thoughts are with him and his family.

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There is an dire irony to the whole thing and just hope he will be able to laugh at it in a short time.

If it were upto me he would be placed in a bullet proof case and kept safe as long as possible but that just wouldn’t be the Living on the edge,daring and thrill seeking racer that I love so much.

Gute besserung Schumi.

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Trouble is that all these guys are still adrenaline junkies after they retire.

I was never a fan, but I hope he pulls through OK. I loved him defending against Hamilton at Monza last year (or was it the year before?).

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May the Force be with MSC now, and then ever. Strange, just watched 1991 F1 season review on the Swedish Viasat Motorsport, and then read the news, and sometime before that heard JA on BBC World Sport ed. Caught by surprise. Get well soon, you Regenmeister. NB Better try disarmed fighter jets, they are fundamentally safer up there… And more fun. Fingers crossed.

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I just keep telling myself that Massa went into a coma too and he came out fine.

But I’ve been extremely dissapointed in how the news of all this has been handled. So many differing statements.

I hope this ends well, he is a legend of the sport and I hope to see him around it for many years to come

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CNN says he has brain hemorrhage, and his condition worsened into the night. He is now said to be in critical condition. Prayers and hopes that his relentless “never give up” spirit will pull him through…

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James, can you please update as often as news appears, you’re a trustworthy source and the last report was it’s not looking good, and it would be go to have a trustworthy source, thank you

23

Saw the news this morning and thought it sounded pretty minor. Just saw the news again this evening…by the time the newsreader had finished the sentence ‘…condition has deteriorated…’ I realised I had tears in my eyes. This cannot be…

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This came through RSS as “The He was skiing off piste with friends…”

I like the idea that Schumi’s now as big as the god of Abraham.

25

Get well soon champ.

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