Heather Mills recovering in hospital after breaking shoulder in Molltaler skiing accident

Heather Mills recovering in hospital after breaking shoulder in Molltaler skiing accident

Heather Mills recovering in hospital after breaking shoulder in skiing accident

4:29 PM on 12th May 2011

Heather Mills is recovering in hospital after breaking her shoulder in a skiing accident.

The animal rights campaigner had been training for the Paralympic Winter Games in the Austrian resort of Molltaler when the accident occurred on Wednesday morning.

Miss Mills, 43, was practising slalom on the slopes when she crashed into a plastic pole, which had become as hard as steel due to the cold weather.

“That”s skiing you know”: Heather Mills pictured in a hospital in Austria following her skiing accident yesterday

Following the accident, the mother-of-one was taken to the Lienz Hospital by helicopter.

Hospital spokesman Alfred Fast told Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung that “no surgery was necessary” and she had been released today.

While in hospital, the area surrounding her bed was cordoned off to give her privacy.

But she apparently took the injury in her stride, telling local broadcaster ORF: “That”s skiing, you know.”

Miss Mills, who lost her leg below the knee in a 1993 accident, also had another skiing accident in January.

Eyes on the prize: Miss Mills is hoping to compete in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia

Eyes on the prize: Miss Mills is hoping to compete in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia

She injured her right leg in a 100 kilometres-per-hour skiing accident while taking part in a 24-hour charity race.

The ex-wife of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has spent most of this year in Austria practising her skills in the hope of competing in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

She has been an avid skier since the age of 21 when she tried the sport for the first time in Slovenia.

GB paralympic ski team manager David Chugg has praised her “good levels of fitness and determination”.

Last month, Miss Mills was rumoured to have bought a 1.73million eight-bedroom luxury chalet in the Austrian Alps.