Schumacher 'Critical' after Ski Accident

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Former Formula One racing world champion Michael Schumacher is in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery following a skiing accident in the French Alps, officials have said.

Schumacher 'Critical' after Ski Accident

Authorities said that the seven-time world champion had been flown to hospital after he fell and hit his head on a rock at about 11.00 (10.00GMT) on Sunday.

The 44-year-old German was "suffering a serious brain trauma with coma on his arrival, which required an immediate neurosurgical operation," the hospital in the southeast French city of Grenoble said in a statement.

"He remains in a critical condition."

It is not clear whether he is still in a coma.

The French Mountain Gendarmerie said that Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he fell at the Meribel resort.

He was admitted to hospital at the nearby town of Moutiers, before being taken to hospital in Grenoble, the Gendarmerie said.

A specialist neurosurgeon from Paris was rushed in to oversee his treatment.

Christophe Gernigon-Lecomte, director of the Meribel resort, said he did not know the extent of the injury, Al Jazeera reported.

"The police are currently conducting their investigation into the origins of the fall," Gernigon-Lecomte told French radio station RMC.

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