Schumacher Remains in Critical Condition After Skiing Accident

Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher remains in critical condition after his ski accident last week, the French hospital where he is being treated said yesterday.

Schumacher, who turned 45 on Jan. 3, suffered contusions to the brain and hemorrhaging Dec. 29 when he crashed into a rock while going down an unmarked slope in Meribel in the French Alps. He would have died had he not been wearing a helmet, his doctors said.

“The clinical status of Michael Schumacher is considered stable,” the Grenoble facility said in a statement. “However, the medical team in charge stresses that it continues to judge Michael’s condition as critical.”

The former racing driver has had two brain operations since arriving in the hospital and remains in an artificially induced coma. The clinic said it didn’t immediately expect to issue any further updates.

The German won Formula One titles with the Benetton team in 1994 and 1995, and took five consecutive championships with Ferrari from 2000 to 2004. He left Formula One after the 2012 campaign following a three-season comeback with Mercedes, during which he didn’t win a race.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a pelvic fracture after falling during a cross-country skiing trip, forcing her to cancel appointments during the next three weeks, a government spokesman said yesterday. Last week Merkel expressed her hopes for Schumacher’s recovery.

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