Christopher Schwarzenegger, the 13-year-old son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, was hospitalized last weekend after a serious surfing accident, reports TMZ. He suffered multiple broken bones and a collapsed lung, and is currently in intensive care. TMZ's sources confirm that Shriver is a constant bedside presence while Schwarzenegger has been a "regular visitor." TMZ also notes that the entire family has pulled together as a unit to support each other while Christopher recovers.
The couple's older children Katherine and Patrick Schwarzenegger seemed to confirm the report via Twitter this morning. Patrick Schwarzenegger tweeted, "Thank you everyone for your messages about my brother. This kid is strongest kid I ever seen. Keep praying". Katherine echoed his gratitude minutes later in this tweet: "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".
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. We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and ask for respect and privacy for Christopher and our family.
For the entire statement, check out TMZ.com.The Los Angeles County Fire Department also released the phone call that Shriver placed to emergency responders. The Associated Press reports:
Shriver was composed when she alerted emergency workers in a phone call - apparently from the beach - about 12:20 p.m. Sunday.
He "can't move off the beach - maybe like a broken ribs or something like that," Shriver tells a Los Angeles County Fire Department operator, according to a recording released by the department.
"He's having trouble breathing," she says.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have four children together: Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher.
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Katherine Schwarzenegger, 21, is the first child of Maria Shriver and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. She's an author and active in Best Buddies, the charitable organization founded by her uncle, Anthony Kennedy Shriver. She appears at the 2010 Women's Conference in Long Beach, California, in this October 26, 2010 photo. Katherine Schwarzenegger has blogged for The Huffington Post. (Photo Getty Images)
Christina Schwarzenegger (L) is the second child of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. She appears alongside her older sister, Katherine, in this October 2008 photo. (Photo AFP/Getty Images)
Patrick Schwarzenegger (R), the third child of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, with his father at the NBA All-Star Game on February 14, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo Getty Images)
Christopher Schwarzenegger, 13, the youngest child of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, sits between Lil Wayne and his mother at the 2011 NBA All-Star game on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo Getty Images)
Patrick Schwarzenegger and his older sister Katherine Schwarzenegger at the Women's Conference on October 26, 2010 in Long Beach, California. (Getty)
LONG BEACH, CA - OCTOBER 24: Katherine Schwarzenegger (L) and her father Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger attend Maria Shriver's Women's Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center on October 24, 2010 in Long Beach, California. (Getty Images)
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the Haier Shooting Stars Competition with his family on All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at American Airlines Center on February 13, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Getty Images)
Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) and son Patrick Schwarzenegger in the audience during the NBA All-Star Game held at Cowboys Stadium on February 14, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Getty Images)
Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with son Patrick Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver and Christopher Schwarzenegger at NBA All-Star Saturday Night at the New Orleans Arena on February 16, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Getty Images)