New details about the debilitating accident of Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher surfaced Friday, indicating that the sports star was injured trying to help a hurt teenager, according to German newspaper the Bild.
Schumacher - who is currently in a medically-induced coma - was skiing with his 14 year-old son and several friends off-piste in the French Alps when he fell and struck his head on a rock. He made it to the hospital still conscious but in an "agitated condition," and doctors said his neurological condition "rapidly deteriorated" from there.
The German daily stated that the accident occurred after one of Schumacher's son's friends fell, injuring herself on the slope. Schumacher hurried to the scene to assist, but then fell and hit his head on the rocks under the deep snow, according to the report.
Since Sunday, Schumacher's condition has since improved slightly, after doctors performed at least one operation to alleviate pressure on his brain. The procedure lasted two hours, and was performed only after his family consented following a scan which showed a small window of opportunity. There are conflicting reports as to whether a second operation was performed Monday evening.
However, the seven-time champion is still in a critical condition, and not out of danger yet. Doctors say there is no way of knowing how his condition will develop.