The 10-year-old grandson of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson underwent surgery last night after being involved in a car crash with his mother and sister.
Charlie Ferguson was rushed to hospital with his six-year-old sister, Grace, and their mother Nadine, 30, who is separated from Ferguson’s son, Darren.
Firefighters had to free the family from the wreckage of their Vauxhall Corsa following the collision near their home in Cheshire yesterday morning.
Mrs Ferguson was taken by air ambulance to Manchester’s Wythenshawe Hospital where her condition is serious but not life-threatening.
Grace was kept overnight at Leighton Hospital in Crewe after being treated for minor injuries.
Charlie was transferred to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool where the surgery took place.
His condition is described as serious but stable.
A spokeswoman for Wythenshawe Hospital confirmed Mrs Ferguson arrived yesterday and said: “Her condition is serious but she is comfortable.”
Cheshire Police would not say what injuries were suffered by the family.
A spokeswoman said today: “The boy has undergone surgery and he remains in a serious but stable condition.
“The six-year-old girl suffered minor injuries and stayed at Leighton Hospital overnight.
Mrs Ferguson’s black Vauxhall Corsa was in collision with a Ford Fiesta in Trap Street, Lower Withington, Macclesfield, at around 8.25am yesterday.
The Fiesta driver, a 17-year-old boy, was taken to hospital with leg injuries and was in a stable condition.”
A spokeswoman for Cheshire Fire Service said two crews attended the scene.
She said: “On arrival, the crews found two saloon cars were involved in a collision and the occupants of both vehicles were trapped inside.
“An adult and two children were removed from the Corsa and a man was removed from the Fiesta.
“All those involved were then taken by ambulance to hospital.”
Mrs Ferguson was separated from Peterborough United boss Darren, 37, in 2007 after four years of marriage.
Last year he admitted assaulting his wife during a row on the driveway of his parents’ home and was fined £1,500 (€1,698).
Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court heard that Ferguson raised his leg and struck Mrs Ferguson’s stomach.
Alex Ferguson last night gave away no sign of his family’s worries as he watched his side cruise into the Champions League Final.
United beat Arsenal 3-1 in the semi-final second leg at the Emirates stadium.
A spokeswoman for Manchester United said: "This is a private matter for Sir Alex and his family.''