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Michael Schumacher suffers head injury in ski accident, in a coma at hospital

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Michael Schumacher celebrates after his final race in 2012. (Getty Images)

Michael Schumacher, one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all-time, suffered a head injury while skiing in the Alps on Sunday.

Initial reports vacillated about the seriousness of the injury, but the hospital he is at said Sunday afternoon that Schumacher was in a coma and in critical condition. According to The Mirror, Schumacher suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.

On Monday, doctors said that Schumacher was fighting for his life and remained in critical condition.

Schumacher "was suffering a serious brain trauma with coma on his arrival, which required an immediate neurosurgical operation," the hospital said in a statement on Sunday.

Schumacher, who was wearing a helmet, reportedly hit his head on a rock, but was conscious when he was loaded into a helicopter and airlifted to the hospital. A spokesperson for the driver revealed nothing about the severity of the incident and said that Schumacher was not alone when he fell at the Meribel Resort.

The 44-year-old German retired for a second time after the 2012 season. He initially retired after the 2006 season but came back for three seasons with Mercedes. Until he joined Mercedes, he had driven for Bennetton Renault and Ferrari.

Throughout his career, Schumacher won 91 races and seven championships, including five straight from 2000-2004.

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