The latest on Michael Schumacher’s health: What we know about the Formula One legend’s life-threatening condition.
A NEW documentary about Formula One racer Michael Schumacher has rekindled concerns and doubts about his health. Here’s what we know so far.
Michael Schumacher’s life and career will be chronicled in the Netflix documentary “Schumacher,” which will premiere on September 15. The film will cover the early years of the German Formula 1 racing star, who dominated his sport with seven world championship titles and 91 victories before a tragic catastrophe changed his life forever. Continue reading to learn more about what happened, what his family has said, what friends have said, and what outsiders have said in order to build together a picture of his current situation.
Schumacher was skiing with his 14-year-old son, Mich, in the French Alps resort of Meribel on December 29, 2013.
He slipped and hurt his head on a rock while crossing an allegedly unsafe off-piste region between Piste Chamois and Piste Mauduit.
He was wearing a helmet, which doctors say would have saved his life if it hadn’t cracked in the collision, leaving the racer with a major head injury.
For emergency treatment, he was transported to Grenoble Hospital in France.
He was put into a medically induced coma and had two brain surgeries to remove blood and pressure.
For a long period, treatment for what physicians called a “traumatic brain injury” went on, with the family keeping information to a minimum.
He is thought to have started coming out of his coma about six months after the tragedy.
His family said they still “strongly believe” in his recovery, but acknowledged that he is in the “wake-up period,” which can take “a long time.”
He was taken to the University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland, for rehabilitation after regaining consciousness.
Schumacher was then sent to his home in Lake Geneva for further rehabilitation in September 2014, where he has remained since.
Because his family has kept news of his health confidential, the public has never known the entire specifics of his condition – though there have been hints and rumors.
Corinna Schumacher, Schumacher’s wife, is thought to be in charge of the family’s decisions about her husband’s health and what is made public.
To commemorate his 50th birthday, she issued a rare statement to his admirers in 2019.
“We are really thrilled to celebrate,” the statement read. Brinkwire Summary News