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Sunday 20 April 2014

Michael Schumacher's wife 'staying strong'

Michael Schumacher and his wife Corinna at the Madonna di Campiglio resort in 2005
Michael Schumacher and his wife Corinna at the Madonna di Campiglio resort in 2005

Michael Schumacher's wife is staying "strong" for him.

The German Formula One star is currently in a medically induced coma, following a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday morning.

He remains in a critical but stable condition and his family, including wife Corinna and children Gina-Maria and Mick, have been keeping vigil at his bedside.

"Corinna, of course, is really not good. But she is trying to be strong for Michael, to give him support and not allow negative thoughts to reach him," Michael's manager Sabine Kehm told reporters.

Michael had been skiing off-piste with his son in the Meribel resort when he fell and hit his head on a rock.

A German publication is now reporting the 44-year-old could have been trying to help a child in trouble when the incident occurred.

"Suddenly the daughter of a friend crashed," Bild newspaper claims.

"Schumi helps the girl, leaving the groomed area and moves about 20 metres in the deep snow between the slopes Biche and Mauduit."

Bild also writes he was wearing rental skis, which have now been seized by police to check for defects.

There's speculation the accident happened because the racing star was distracted by irritating binding on one foot.

Michael was wearing a helmet during the time of the accident.

Without it, Professor Jean-Francois Payen of Grenoble University Hospital's intensive care unit said he "wouldn't be here now".

Michael was initially taken to a facility in Moutiers, but was then moved to the University Hospital of Grenoble.

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