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Fans honor injured Schumacher on his 45th birthday

  • Corinna Schumacher (C), the wife of German Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, arrives on January 3, 2014 at the Grenoble University Hospital Centre with French surgeon professor Gerard Saillant (L), to visit her husband. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE DESMAZES

GRENOBLE, France: Michael Schumacher's fans are converging on a hospital in the French Alps to honor the Formula One champion on his 45th birthday, just days after he was critically injured in a skiing accident.

Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma since Sunday, when he struck his head on a rock while on a family vacation. Busloads of fans from Italy, where he anchored the Ferrari racing team, and Paris were heading to the hospital in Grenoble where he is being treated.

The seven-time F1 champion has since undergone two brain operations.

Doctors have refused to give a prognosis for Schumacher, saying they are focused on his immediate care.

Schumacher is the most successful F1 driver in history, racking up a record 91 race wins. He retired in 2012.

 
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