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Maria Shriver Issues Statement: Christopher Schwarzenegger Seriously Injured

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Christopher Schwarzenegger, the 13-year-old son of estranged power couple Maria Shriver and former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, was seriously injured on Sunday in a boogie boarding accident in Malibu.

Marie was on the beach when her son ran into trouble while surfing.  The teen suffered a collapsed lung, broken bones and broken ribs.

The couple issued a statement today to share the details: "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.  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.  We thank everyone for their thoughts and prays and ask for respect and privacy for Christopher and our family."

The Schwarzenegger siblings sent Twitter messages today.  Katherine, 21, tweeted: "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."

Patrick, 17, who changed his Twitter name to Patrick Shriver after his parents split, offered up: "Thank you everyone for your messages about my brother.  This kid is the strongest kid I have ever seen.  Keep praying."

Check out more recent photos of Maria and Christopher below:

Photos:  WENN

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