Famous Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life after a ski accident in the French Alps.
According to doctors treating the high profile German athlete, Schumacher is suffering from serious head injuries and doctors are doing "everything possible to help Michael," they said in a press conference.
The former motorsport world champion was skiing on unmarked slopes with his son Sunday morning when he fell and hit his head on a rock, CNN reports.
Friends of Schumacher said he was a great skier and was always up for a race down the slopes. British journalist Kevin Garside told CNN that while Schumacher is "a very good skier" it may have been his "fearless" nature that got him into trouble.
"These people don't recognize fear like you and I do. There is no gene in their body that lets them go slow," Garside said.
But doctors commended Schumacher for wearing a helmet, saying that "someone who had suffered this accident without a helmet would not have made it this far,"
According to CBS News, Schumacher was conscious when ski patrols arrived on the scene. He was immediately airlifted to a local hospital and then brought to Grenoble University Hospital Center, where he was put in a medically induced coma.
Hospital officials report that he immediately underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, after which his body temperature was lowered to between 93.2 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit for the medically induced coma.
"We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher," chief anesthesiologist Jean-Francois Payen said during the news conference. "He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation," he added. "We can say that his condition is life-threatening,"
His wife and other family members are reported to be by his bedside. Many, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have sent well wishes to Schumacher and his family.
"Like millions of Germans, the chancellor and members of the government were extremely dismayed when they heard about Michael Schumacher's serious skiing accident," said aspokesmen for Merkel.
Schumacher was Formula 1 champion seven times, the sport's most successful driver, having driven for the Jordan Bennetton, Ferrari and Mercedes teams in his racing career. He was known for his fiercely competitive manner and fearless nature.