F1 legend will spend his birthday today in a coma after horrific skiing accident
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is to turn 45 today while lying comatose in a French hospital after suffering criticalhead injuries in a ski accident.
Doctors and family members were tight-lipped yesterday about the condition of the German racing great, who has been hospitalised since Sunday, when he slammed his head against a rock while skiing in the French Alps.
There have been conflicting statements about the speed the seven-time world racing champion was going when the tragedy befell him in the Meribel ski resort, where he has a property. The rock impact split the helmet Schumacher was wearing in two, according to a source.
The Ferrari F1 team where Schumacher spent many years announced it would hold a “silent gathering” in front of the Grenoble hospital today.
Jean Todt, former head of the team, was at Schumacher’s bedside yesterday along with Schumacher’s wife Corinna.
The hospital and Schumacher’s manager had briefed the press daily since the accident. But they did not do so yesterday, instead promising to communicate only if there was something new to report. Schumacher has had two operations to remove bleeding and pressure on his brain.
His media representative, Sabine Kehm, said Wednesday Schumacher was stable though still critical. Probe into incident Questions have emerged over exactly how the accident happened in a small, seemingly innocuous off-piste section located between two ski slopes -- one classed as easy and the other as intermediate.
Prosecutors have opened a probe into the accident, and are exploring the theory that Schumacher was skiing at great speed when he fell. But Kehm said earlier in the week that the F1 legend was not skiing fast when he fell.
Four days after his off-piste accident, Schumacher remained “stable” but was still in a critical condition yesterday.