IT was not the birthday social gathering the world’s most well-known racing driver had dreamed of for the day he turned 50. As an alternative of a glittering bash in a millionaires’ playground attended by his wealthy and well-known buddies, F1 ace Michael Schumacher was strapped right into a wheelchair.
Still unable to stroll or converse 5 years after the ski accident that left him with catastrophic mind injury, he might solely watch as his closest family, dad Rolf, spouse Corinna and their two grown-up youngsters sang Completely happy Birthday.
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Michael Schumacher turned 50 with his family by his aspect at their Swiss mansion. The F1 ace still stays unable to face up or speak following the catastrophic snowboarding accident in 2013
Schumacher, the seven occasions World Champion, turned 50 yesterday as his family launched an App of his biggest moments in F1 to mark the event. Michael50, a tribute exhibition additionally opened at the Italian headquarters of his previous workforce Ferrari.
Corinna, together with daughter Gina-Maria, 21, and 19-year-old son Mick, additionally issued a uncommon assertion through which she stated: “You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him. Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.”
For 5 years they’ve gone together with his needs, steadfastly refusing to offer any particulars about Michael’s on-going well being battle, which has up to now value greater than £20 million. Secrecy surrounding his true medical situation is so strict that buddies who speak are not associates.
When a few of Michael’s medical data have been stolen and provided to media retailers for £40,000, the suspected thief was arrested. The person, who labored for Rega, the air rescue firm that moved Schumacher instantly after the accident, was discovered hanged in his cell whereas ready to be interviewed by police.
The 50-year-old is being cared for at his house in Switzerland the place remedy is claimed to value £80,000 every week
The Solar can reveal how each day TEN medical specialists work on him round-the-clock in a transformed suite of workplaces in the Schumacher family’s £50million mansion in the tiny Swiss city of Gland on the shores of Lake Geneva. Fixed remedy, making an attempt to raise him out of a world of semi-comatose darkness that has left him with ‘limited awareness’ of his environment, prices round £80,000 every week.
Wherever he is in the world, Professor Jean-Francois Payen, the surgeon who carried out two life-saving mind operations after Michael’s ski accident in the French Alps, stays in fixed contact with the family and the medical group. Payen’s devoted group of highly-trained nurses, respiration specialists and docs works in shifts at the closely-guarded home the place Michael isn’t left on his personal day or night time.
The medics flip him to stop bedsores, wash him as nicely as massaging his atrophied muscular tissues and joints. Costly medical equipment helps Michael breathe at night time and screens his very important indicators. It’s even reported that a part of his remedy includes enjoying recordings at full blast of the Ferraris that carried him to an unrivalled 91 Components One races.
Regardless of the greatest care cash can purchase, there’s still no assure the celebrity of motor racing will ever make it again to regular. Regardless of rumours that Schumacher is being ready to be secretly transferred for remedy in Dallas Texas, one insider says: “Progress is painfully slow. There is no miracle on the horizon.”
Schumacher gained seven F1 championships throughout his profession and gained 91 races for groups together with Ferrari and Benetton
However all doesn’t appear misplaced. The tiniest glimmer of hope that the beloved driver is enhancing has emerged in current weeks. Schumacher is not completely bedridden however his lawyer, Felix Damm, denied Michael might stroll and actually informed a courtroom in Hamburg how his shopper couldn’t stand ‘even with the help of doctors’. Two years on plainly has not modified.
Guests are discouraged and anybody hanging round on the lakeside path outdoors the perimeter of Schumacher’s grounds is challenged by safety. However an in depth pal, who does go to, just lately advised a French journal: “When you put him in his wheelchair facing the beautiful panorama of the mountains overlooking the lake, Michael sometimes cries.”
Remarkably, the solely detailed description of Michael’s situation got here from Georg Ganswein, a German confidante of Popes Benedict and Francis who acts as religious advisor to the Schimacher family. Ganswein stated: “I sat in entrance of him, I touched him with each palms, and I seemed at him.
“His face, as we all know, is the typical face of Michael Schumacher, only that it has become a little more puffy. He feels that around him there are people who love him, who care about him and, thank God, keep the curious public away. A sick person needs discretion and understanding.”
Michael’s daughter Gina posted this heartwarming tribute on Instagram
One F1 insider stated: “Hope of a recovery is the glue binding Corinna and the children, Mick and Gina-Maria, together They have never wavered in their belief that one day Michael would come back to them. His father Rolf moved into house built in the extensive grounds to be near him all the time. If love was all it took, Michael would have been up and about months ago.”
Yesterday Gina, a prime horsewoman, shared an previous photograph in his racing go well with on Instagram with the caption: “Happy Birthday to the best Dad.” Mick, who’s a now a Forumla Two racing driver, was with his dad on the slopes of the French Three Valleys when catastrophe struck on December 28, 2013.
Professional skier Michael was doing simply 10miles an hour, crossing between two reasonably troublesome runs, when his skis hit a rock coated by shallow snow. Schumacher was catapulted 34 ft by way of the air and hit the proper aspect of his head on one other rock with such pressure that his security helmet cut up into two items.
Docs at the CHU hospital in Grenoble, led by Professor Payen labored tirelessly to take away blood clots from his mind however some have been left as a result of they have been too deeply embedded. Michael was in an induced coma for 5 months and it was one other 4 months earlier than he was properly sufficient to go away hospital.
The F1 ace was concerned in a critical snowboarding accident in 2013
The German retired from racing in 2012
Lastly, in September 2014 he returned residence, the place the suite of workplaces from Shumacher ran his half-a- billion pound enterprise empire, had been transformed right into a medical centre.
One supply near the family stated: “Whereas they look forward to the breakthrough the sensible aspect of Corinna has come to the fore. She is now in control of Schmacher Inc. till the day he is properly sufficient to renew his position.
She has additionally taken over the monetary reins of his empire and is suggested each day on investments and money flows by a battery of legal professionals. Prime sponsors like Mercedes have by no means abandoned him and he continues to earn cash even now.
Final yr Corinna spent £27million shopping for a mansion at Andratx, on the island of Majorca from Actual Madrid’s president Florentino Perez. The family have denied Michael will be moved there. Corinna intends to make use of remoted home, which sits on a promontory for holidays together with her youngsters and pals.
Schumacher’s spouse Corrina still hopes his situation will enhance
Schumacher was positioned in an induced coma for 5 months after his snowboarding accident
Whereas the family are away, Michael will proceed to remain at residence taken care of by his medical workforce with common visits from his dad, go kart monitor proprietor Ralf and guests like his previous staff boss Jean Todt. Todt, now the World Vehicle Federation (FIA) president, could be very guarded however he did reveal how on one go to he and Michael had watched the Brazilian Grand Prix collectively on TV at the home at Gland.
Near tears, he says: “Michael is like a son to me.”
One other of Schumacher’s previous Ferrari team-mates, Rubens Barrichello, needed to pay a go to, however was advised: ‘It would not do him or me any good.’
Ross Brawn, who helped mastermind Schumacher’s success at Benetton and Ferrari, understands the family’s selections to maintain Schumacher’s situation personal. He stated: “I’m continually in contact with Corinna, and I completely agree with their choice.
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However Willi Weber, the driver’s former supervisor, says: “I find it very unfortunate that Michael’s fans do not know about his health. Why are they not being told the truth?”
5 years earlier than the accident Schumacher stated: “I’ve always believed that you should never ever give up, and you should always keep fighting even when there’s only the slightest chance.”
However 5 years on, Gary Hartstein, a marketing consultant neurologist and long-time F1 physician, fears the prospects aren’t good He stated: “Agonisingly few patients in a minimally conscious state at six months ever wind up speaking, walking or dressing themselves.”
That actuality is tough for the family to bear. However dwelling with out hope for Michael Schumacher can be even worse.