Michael Schumacher in a coma following skiing accident

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Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life after he fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing with his son.

A leading brain surgeon was seen arriving at the hospital in Grenoble, France, where the ex-Formula One driver was being treated.

His family were also at the hospital, where medical sources confirmed Schumacher was in a 'critical state' and suffering from a brain haemorrhage.

Eyewitnesses said Schumacher lost consciousness briefly after falling and hitting his head on a rock.

They saw blood oozing from his helmet in the eight minutes between the fall and medics arriving in a helicopter to pick him up.

The accident happened while Schumacher was skiing off-piste.

A spokesman for the resort said it proved 'you can't do whatever you want', and that skiers should stay on the pistes.

Last night the Dauphine Libere newspaper in Grenoble reported that the German's life was in danger.

Its report read: 'The state of health of the veteran driver has worsened and his condition is considered life-threatening, according to our information.'

The Dauphine is one of the most respected papers in the Alps, with reliable medical contacts.


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