Michael Schumacher critical after accident

Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher was fighting for his life .

On Monday, Michael Schumacher suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps resort.

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Schumacher, 44, slammed his head on a rock while skiing on Sunday morning(Monday in the Philippines) in his vacation home.

He was fighting for his life, the doctors told Reuters.

"We can say that his condition is life-threatening," Jean-Francois Payen, head anaesthetician at the CHU hospital in the eastern French city of Grenoble, told in a news conference.

"For the moment we cannot say what Michael Schumacher's future is," he added. "We are working round the clock - we are trying to win time."

Philippe Quincy, the Albertville public prosecutor, told Reuters an inquiry had been launched on Sunday to identify the causes of the accident. Initial findings indicated the blow was so hard that Schumacher's helmet had shattered.

Schumacher was initially conscious as he was transported to a local hospital in Moutiers and then to Grenoble.

Doctors said Schumacher had been placed in an artificial coma.