Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is in a critical
condition after undergoing a second brain operation following a skiing
accident that has stunned drivers, fans and athletes around the world.
The Grenoble University Hospital Center said the retired racing driver
arrived at the clinic in a coma on Sunday and underwent immediate
surgery for a serious head trauma.
He then underwent a second procedure in which surgeons reportedly
drilled holes in his skull to relieve pressure on his brain as they battled
overnight to save him.
A medical source confirmed today that the 44-year-old was in a 'critical
state' and that his health had 'not improved' following a brain haemorrhage.
Schumacher fell while skiing off-piste in Meribel in the French Alps on Sunday
morning 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.
Schumacher, who turns 45 on Friday, was skiing with his 14-year-old son
Mick in Meribel, in the Trois Vallees ski area of the French Alps.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER'S CAREER INCREDIBLE F1 CAREER
1969: Born on January 3 in Huerth-Hermuelheim, Germany.
1973: Made his racing debut in a kart race.
1987: Won German and European kart championships.
1988: Finished fourth in German Formula Ford championship and second in
the European series in first year of car racing.
1990: Won first major single-seater title, clinching the German Formula Three crown. Stepped up to sportscars, driving for Mercedes.
1991: Made Formula One debut for Jordan in Belgium, qualifying seventh before retiring. Raced for Benetton for the rest of the season.
1992: Wins first grand prix in Belgium on his way to third in the championship.
1994: Wins eight grands prix en route to world title but clashes with Damon Hill
in final race of the season.
1995: Retains world crown, winning nine races.
1996: Moves to Ferrari and wins three races on his way to third in championship.
1997: Wins five races but is stripped of second in the championship for attempting
to take out his title rival Jacques Villeneuve at Jerez.
1999: Breaks his leg at Silverstone when easily leading the championship.
2000: Wins Ferrari's first world title since 1979, amassing nine wins during the season.
2001: Another nine wins and another title, setting a new record for all-time victories on the way.
2002: Wins championship in record time, setting a new mark of 11 victories.
2003: Wins title by a point after six victories, breaking Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five championships.
2004: Breaks his own record for wins in a season to take his seventh world title.
2006: September - Announces his retirement at end of 2006 season after winning Italian Grand Prix.
2009: July - Makes shock return to Formula One with Ferrari, deputising for Felipe Massa who was injured in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
2010: Comes out of retirement and signs for Mercedes at the age of 40.
He was unveiled at the Mercedes factory in Brackley, Northamptonshire.
2012: June - Ends his six-year wait for a podium with an impressive drive to third in the European Grand Prix.
2012: October - Announces that he will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season.
*God please dont let him die!