Michael Schumacher, the Formula One legend fights for life in a hospital horrific skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday. With worry etched on her face, Michael Schumacher’s wife today arrived at hospital to spend a fourth day with her husband. The 44-year-old, Corinna Schumacherhas kept a vigil at her husband’s bedside at Grenoble Hospital since his horrendous skiing accident on Sunday morning in the French resort of Meribel. She has surrounded her dangerously ill husband with keepsakes from their children and candles as she prays for his recovery.
Today, Germany’s Bild newspaper said Schumacher, 44, was with friends, their children and his own 14-year-old son Mick when he stayed behind the group to look out for the youngsters in an off-piste area.
The paper said he was using rented skis, adding: ‘Suddenly the daughter of a friend crashed. ‘Schumi helps the girl, leaving the groomed area and moves about 20 metres in the deep snow between the slopes Biche and Mauduit.’ The rental skis have been seized by police to see if they were in any way defective.
Path to disaster: This graphic shows the route which Schumacher took at Saulire mountain in Meribel and the off-piste area where he reportedly crashed while stopping to help a fallen friend
Bild speculated that Schumacher was distracted because he was irritated by the binding on one boot and was unable to break his fall with his hands.
According to Bild, the helicopter which airlifted him to safety on Sunday made a stop en-route to the hospital to insert a tube to allow him to breathe more easily.
The doctors at the first hospital noticed the bruising and bleeding on the brain and ordered the helicopter to take him to Grenoble where he was placed in an artificial coma.
A picture released yesterday shows a helicopter waiting to fly Schumacher to hospital.