Former F1 champion Michael Schumacher
Former F1 champion Michael Schumacher. Reuters

Michael Schumacher suffered a life-threatening head injury in a skiing accident in France, last December, where he spent six months in the hospital before being transferred to another hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he remained for three more months. After nine months, Schumacher left the hospital to continue his recovery at home. Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm stated that the former Formula F1 champion had made progress but still has a long and difficult road ahead. “We would like to extend our gratitude to the entire team at CHUV Lausanne for their thorough and competent work,” Kehm said. “We ask the privacy of Michael’s family continue to be respected, and that speculation about his state of health is avoided.”

Corinna Schumacher (Michael’s wife) wrote an open letter to his fans in the program for the German Grand Prix in July, saying that “it is good to know that we have overcome the most difficult period together. Now we are at the beginning of a phase that will most likely take a long time”. This came after his family announced that the racing driver had come out of a medical induced coma to reduce swelling in his brain.

Schumacher’s management team have been reinforcing efforts to protect the family’s privacy during this process. More so, after a couple of incidents where people tried to sell information to the media about the racing driver’s condition. At one point, a journalist dressed up as a priest and tried to gain access to Schumacher’s hospital room. When he was transferred to Lausanne, a doctor’s report on his health was offered for sale to the media in Germany. An executive at Swiss helicopter air rescue company Rega was suspected to be involved in the theft and arrested, and was later found hanged in his cell in Zurich.

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