Race Car Driver Michael Schumacher is Fighting For His Life After a Skiing Accident

While skiing in the French alps, Schumacher hit his head and remains in a coma.
3:00 | 12/30/13

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Now to the race car legend in critical condition tonight. Michael schumacher in a coma after an accident on the ski slopes. Tonight we're learning he was conscious after the accident. Now a warning about that window of time after a skiing fall when a loved one might be worse off than anyone suspects. Here now abc's clayton sandell. Reporter: Formula one champ michael shaw macher is used to danger at 200 miles per hour, but skiing the french alps sunday he fell, slamming his head on a rock, severely injured but still conscious and moving when he reached a hospital 90 minutes later. It's extremely common for a person to be initially awake after a head trauma. His condition spiraled, and was put into a coma. Doctors say he surely would have died on the slope if not been wearing a helmet. Actress natasha richardson was not wearing a helmet in 2009 when she hit her head skiing, feeling fine at first and then rushed to a new york hospital the next day where she died. You are safer. The helmet isn't going to harm you but it's not going to protect you from everything. Reporter: Doctors say if you hit your head get checked out. Tonight as schumacher hangs onto life doctors say it's that helmet that's giving him a fighting chance. There is still much more ahead on "world news" this

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