Michael Schumacher left fighting for his life

LIFE IN THE FAST LANE: Michael Schumacher.
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE: Michael Schumacher.

Former Formula One racing driver Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life in a French hospital, his doctors say, after suffering a brain haemorrhage while skiing.

His doctors told the world's media at 9pm on Monday that Schumacher was in an induced coma and had undergone one operation on his brain.

"We are working hour after hour," one of his doctors said. "He is fighting for his life."

Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he fell near Meribel, in the French Alps, on Sunday morning and the former racing driver's doctors said that were it not for the helmet, he would not have survived the fall.

"Given the violence of the shock, his helmet did partly protect him. If someone had had this accident without a helmet, they would have not reached this stage."

The doctors said they could not say what his prognosis was.

"He had brain wounds ... there was a scan carried out on his brain but we cannot speculate on anything at the moment.

"Our surgical team is constantly working at his bedside. It is not possible to make any forecasts, whatever they may be."

The doctors were not planning to carry out a second surgical intervention.