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Schumacher's Ski Accident Makes Global Headlines

posted 30 Dec 2013, 07:52 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 30 Dec 2013, 07:52 ]

French, Italian and British newspapers abuzz with retired Formula One champion Michael Schumacher's ski accident.

PARIS, FRANCE (DECEMBER 30, 2013) (REUTERS) - Newspaper headlines in Europe were abuzz on Monday (December 30) withMichael Schumacher's ski accident that left him in a 'critical condition'.

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The retired even-times Formula One world champion suffered a head injury in a fall while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel on Sunday.

The 44-year-old German was wearing a helmet and was conscious while being transported to a local hospital in Moutiers, the resort director, Christophe Gernigon-Lecomte, told Reuters.

Schumacher was transferred to a better-equipped medical unit in Grenoble for further examinations and an FIA source said he had been placed under the care of ProfessorGerard Saillant, a brain and spine injury expert.

Saillant is a close friend of Schumacher's and his former Ferrari team chief Jean Todt, who is now President of the FIA.

Schumacher's condition remains critical and it is not clear how it will progress, doctors treating him after a skiing injury said on Monday.

They told a news conference at a hospital in the eastern French city of Grenoble that Schumacher remained in an artificial coma

Schumacher, whose birthday is on Jan. 3, is the most successful Formula One driver of all time with a record 91 victories among his achievements. 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. The German lives in Switzerland with his wife and two children.