Formula One racing driver Michael Schumacher is reported to be in a critical condition after a skiing accident in France.
The 44 year old former world champion has undergone a brain operation after hitting his head on a rock after falling whilst skiing off-piste.
Schumacher walked from the accident but was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery after falling into a coma.
In a statement, the French hospital said: “Mr Schumacher was admitted to the University Hospital of Grenoble at 12:40 [11:40 GMT], following a skiing accident which occurred in Meribel in the late morning,
“He suffered a severe head injury with coma on arrival, which required immediate neurosurgical intervention. He remains in a critical situation.”