Formula One Racer Michael Schumacher in Critical Condition from Skiing Accident

12/29/2013 at 06:40 PM EST

Formula One Racer Michael Schumacher in Critical Condition from Skiing Accident
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Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery following a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday, doctors said.

The Grenoble University Hospital Center said the retired driver arrived at the clinic in a coma and underwent immediate surgery for a serious head trauma.

It was not clear whether the 44-year-old German was still in a coma but the hospital statement, which was signed by a neurosurgeon, an anesthesiologist and Marc Penaud, the hospital's deputy director, said "he remains in a critical condition."

The retired driver fell while skiing off-piste in Meribel earlier Sunday and hit his head on a rock, according to a statement from the resort. Resort managers said he had been wearing a helmet and was conscious when rescuers first responded to the scene.
Formula One Racer Michael Schumacher in Critical Condition from Skiing Accident

Michael Schumacher, skiing in Meribel, France

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