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31/12/2013 05:49 GMT

Michael Schumacher Skiing Accident: Footage Of F1 Legend Airlifted To Hospital (VIDEO)

Footage has emerged of the dramatic moment Michael Schumacher was airlifted to hospital following his skiing accident.

A medical evacuation helicopter arrived in less than 15 minutes after the 44-year-old German hit his head on a rock in the exclusive alpine resort of Méribel.

Schumacher was initially taken to hospital in the nearby town of Moutiers, but he was immediately transferred to a specialist trauma unit in Grenoble.

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Skiiers watch on as Schumacher is airlifted to hospital

The Formula 1 legend's condition showed a "slight improvement" following a scan on his head injury this morning, Jacqueline Hubert, Grenoble University Hospital director general, confirmed at a press conference.

Had he not worn a helmet during his accident, Schumacher would have died, doctors said.

"Late in the evening (Monday) a new brain scan was carried out and there was a slight improvement," one of the doctors said.

"The scan allowed us to suggest we could have a new intervention (on the brain) and that took place overnight. A new scan was carried out this morning and this shows slight improvement."

Michael Schumacher Skiing Accident: F1 Legend Shows 'Slight Improvement'