Family in bedside vigil as Schumacher fights for life
Wednesday, 1 January 2014 00:01
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher was Tuesday still in coma and fighting for his life with his family at his bedside after a skiing accident in the French Alps.
Doctors have warned it is touch-and-go for the German, the greatest champion in the history of Formula One, as they wait for the full extent of his injuries to become clear after he fell and slammed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste on Sunday.
Schumacherâ€™s wife Corinne and children Gina Maria and Mick were by his side and a small crowd held a night vigil outside the hospital in the southeastern city of Grenoble, an AFP reporter said.
A source close to the investigation into the off-piste accident at the posh ski resort of Meribel told AFP that Schumacherâ€™s helmet was smashed â€śin twoâ€ť by the impact.
The German newspaper Bild also quoted a rescuer as saying the split helmet was â€śfull of bloodâ€ť.