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The tragic news of Michael Schumacher’s serious head injury following a skiing accident on 29 December, underlines the dangers of this and other Alpine sports. Apparently, French investigators continue to speak to witnesses to try and find out what happened to the former F1 World Champion. In a recent press conference, they have confirmed that they are using footage from a camera he was wearing on his helmet at the time of his fall, to try and determine what happened.
What we know so far, is that Michael is a good skier and he had just gone off-piste when he lost control after hitting a rock, in the French resort of Meribel on 29 December. His head hit a second rock, which caused his serious head injuries despite wearing a helmet. Apparently, the French investigators look into 50 such incidents each winter, so unfortunately are experienced in looking into such accidents.
After suffering a large haematoma on the left side of his brain, as well as other lesions, reports state that Michael is still in an induced coma. Understood to be critical though steady, he remains in Grenoble Hospital following 2 operations to reduce intracranial pressure. Michael is being supported by his wife and two children at this very difficult time.
At this time our thoughts and best wishes are with Michael and his family. Whilst the exact cause of his tragic accident is still unknown, it is unfortunate that other skiers and snowboarders sometimes suffer serious preventable accidents. If you or a loved one has been affected by a similar accident, please contact Andy Shaw to see how we can help you or call us on 0800 073 0988.
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