The family of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher are holding out for a ‘medical miracle’ after allegedly receiving some form of communication from him.
Schumacher, who remains as one of history’s – if not THE BEST – driver in F1 history has been unable to walk or talk since suffering a severe brain injury following a freak skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013.
According to a family friend, Schumacher is ‘sending signals from his distant world’ while being cared for in his home in Geneva, Switzerland.
The former Ferrari and Benetton champion was put into a medically induced coma for six months following his horrific accident. According to his physicians he would’ve died had he not been wearing his helmet.
In April 2014 his agent said he began showing signs of ‘consciousness’ as he was slowly drawn out of his coma. His relatives added he was showing ‘small encouraging signs’.
However since then there has been little to no information regarding his health.
This was until an unknown source, who spoke to The Sun recently, claimed his toned physique is helping do ‘well in the circumstances’.
The unnamed source says:
Corinna and the children [Mick, 18 and Gina, 20] hope to this day that a medical miracle happens.
Following his accident doctors successfully operated to remove blood clots from his brain, however due to some clots being so deeply embedded it was not possible to remove them all.
His condition was described as ‘extremely serious’ when he was admitted into Grenoble Hospital.
Three months after his life saving operation the hospital released a statement confirming the F1 icon was no longer in a coma and had been discharged.
Since then Schumacher has been unable to walk or talk and is believed to have a 15-strong team of medical professionals who are caring for him back in Geneva.
In December 2016 his manager Sabine Kehm released a statement in response to the unauthorised publication of images of Schumacher in Bed.
Kehm emphasised the racing legend’s family wish to maintain a level of privacy throughout his treatment in a statement released at the time:
Michael’s health is not a public issue, and so we will continue to make no comment in that regard.
We have to protect his intimate sphere. Legally seen and in the longer term, every statement related to his health would diminish the extent of his intimate sphere.
Michael has always been very protective of his privacy, even during the most successful times of his career.
He has always made sure there is a clear and distinct line between his public persona and his private one.
His former teammate at Benetton, Johnny Herbert, revealed Schumacher has ‘good days and bad days’.
Schumacher’s friend Ross Brawn added:
The family are conducting his convalescence in private and I need to respect that.
So I don’t want to comment on his condition beyond saying we’re extremely hopeful we’ll see Michael as we knew him at some point in the future.
Schumacher is the only racer to have picked up seven Formula One World Championships, five of which he won consecutively during his dominating run with Ferrari.
He’s still the most successful driver in the history of the sport and also holds the record for most Grand Prix wins (91), most fastest laps (77) and the most races won in one season (13).
Hopefully this latest source ‘close to the family’ has released the latest update in line with the family’s wishes.