Formula One star Michael Schumacher remains in critical condition following skiing accident

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP reacts in parc ferme after finishing his last F1 race following the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) Photo: Image by Getty Images

Formula One star Michael Schumacher remains in critical condition following skiing accident

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Dec 31, 2013

German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher remains in intensive care following a skiing accident last weekend in the French Alps, and the Associated Press is reporting that doctors have offered a "grim assessment" of the 44-year-old Ferrari driver's head injuries and are "providing no prognosis."

"Schumacher has been placed in a medically induced coma to relieve pressure on his brain, which suffered bruising and bleeding when the retired seven-time world champion fell and struck a rock Sunday while skiing during a family vacation," according to AP (via Sports Illustrated).
"Schumacher and his 14-year-old son were skiing Sunday morning in the French Alpine resort of Meribel, where the family has a chalet," reports AP. "He fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock." A excellent skier, Schumacher was wearing a helmet, but it did not prevent serious injury.
At a news conference Monday, Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, the doctor in charge of Grenoble University Hospital's intensive care unit, said, "We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher. He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation. We are working hour by hour."
Schumacher's wife, Corinna, daughter Gina Maria and son Mick were at his bedside, reports AP. Fans of the international star athlete have begun gathering outside the hospital.
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.