Christopher Schwarzenegger, the 13-year-old son of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been hospitalized following a serious surfing accident, and now, the former couple has spoken out regarding their son’s condition.
“A few days ago our son Christopher suffered an accident at the beach. While it has been a very scary week, Christopher is surrounded by his family and friends,” Maria and Arnold said in a statement to Access Hollywood on Friday. “He is a brave boy and is expected to make a full recovery.
“On behalf of our entire family, we want to sincerely thank the paramedics and lifeguards who responded so swiftly as well as the doctors, nurses, emergency room and hospital staff who have cared for our son. They have been extraordinary to him and to us,” the statement continued. “We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and ask for respect and privacy for Christopher and our family.”
The accident occurred while the teenager was boogie boarding in Malibu, Calif., on Sunday, resulting in a collapsed lung and multiple broken bones, according to TMZ, which was first to report the news.
Maria was with her son on the beach when the accident occurred, according to People.
“Christopher has been in ICU since Sunday,” a source told People. “Maria has not left his side and is sleeping at hospital.”
Arnold has also visited Christopher in the hospital, People reported.
Katherine Schwarzenegger, Christopher’s 21-year-old sister, took to Twitter to thank supporters for their concern.
“Thank you guys for ur concern and prayers for my baby brother! He’s a tough little guy and getting better! Please keep praying for him! Xo” she Tweeted on Friday.
It’s the latest headline for the family, as earlier this week Arnold filed a response to Maria’s recent divorce petition, asking a court not to award his soon-to-be-ex with spousal support. Maria filed for divorce on July 1 citing irreconcilable differences.
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