MICHAEL Schumacher suffered a horrific brain injury which left him in a medically induced coma six years ago.
Since then, the world champ has stayed out of the public eye. But new details about his recovery have emerged. Here’s the latest.
When was the Mirabel skiing accident?
The seven-time world champion was placed in a medically-induced coma following a skiing accident on December 29, 2013.
Schumacher hit his head on a rock while skiing in the exclusive French Alps resort of Mirabel, suffering a traumatic brain injury.
He was wearing a helmet when the accident happened just off piste, between two ski runs.
The sporting icon reportedly received £115k-a-week care at a special medical facility at his Lake Geneva home, costs which are now expected to have exceeded £20m.
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How is Michael Schumacher doing?
A Paris surgeon specialising in stem cell breakthroughs is set to treat Formula One legend Michael Schumacher today.
The seven times World Champion driver arrived at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in the French capital on Monday afternoon, and was welcomed by Professor Philippe Menasche.
The stem cell treatment will be used as part of of the racing ace’s ongoing care related to the horrific head injuries he suffered in a skiing accident almost six years ago.
The legend turned 50 on January 3, but has not been seen in public since the accident.
Schumacher was taken to the Pompidou hospital in southwest Paris, where he was welcomed by the expert, Le Parisien reported.
Prof Menasche, 69, is best known for performing the world’s first embryonic cell transplant on a patient with heart failure in 2014.
Now, it is hoped that he may be able to further Schumacher’s recovery with his pioneering work.
Le Parisien newspaper reported: “It was at 3.40 pm on Monday that a stretcher arrived on the first floor of Georges Pompidou European Hospital.”
Schumacher was transported to hospital in a blue and yellow ambulance registered in Geneva.
A blue cloth “completely covered his body and face” as he was taken into the continuous monitoring unit of the Cardiovascular Surgery Department.
He had a security contingent “of about ten people,” the news outlet reported, adding that Prof Menasche was “in charge of the group”.
What has his family said?
In November 2017, Michael’s daughter Gina-Maria posted an inspirational message urging his fans to keep their hope alive.
She wrote on Instagram: “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved #keepfighting.”
On August 9, 2018, Formula One legend Michael Schumacher’s son Mick shared memories of his dad after snapping up his first victory.
The 19-year-old Prema Theodore Racing driver had just claimed his first ever win in European Formula 3 at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium – his dad’s favourite track.
Speaking about his victory with Mobil 1 The Grid, the young racer said the track brought him many happy memories as it was often labelled “the living room of my dad”.
And later that month on August 24, 2018, reports in France emerged alleging that Michael is able to show emotion.
His wife Corrina, Gina-Maria and her brother Mick have rarely spoken out about his condition.
However, the star’s former manager Willi Weber said in October 2017: “I find it very unfortunate that Michael’s fans do not know about his health. Why are they not being told the truth?”
In 2016 his team were forced to deny claims in a German magazine that he was now able to walk with the aid of therapists.
In 2018 a letter that wife Corinna sent to a German musician was revealed describing her husband as a “fighter”.
Corinna said: “I would like to sincerely thank you for your message and nice gift that will help us through this difficult time.
“It is good to receive so many kind wishes and other well-intentioned words – which is a great support for our family.
“We all know Michael is a fighter and will not give up.”
It was written as a reply to Hamburg bandleader Sascha Herchenbach who had sent the family a recording of a new song named Born To Fight.
He had composed the track in the months after the tragic accident
Mr Herchenbach, 38, revealed the contents of the letter in an interview with German magazine Bunte in November 2018.
What were Michael Schumacher’s achievements?
The most decorated Formula One driver in history, Michael holds the records for the most career wins, the most wins in a season and the most career pole positions.
He won seven world titles, 91 victories, and 155 podiums
He also holds the accolade of having the most consecutive world championships and the most consecutive race wins.
Schumaher started off his career at Jordan in 1991 before moving to Benetton until 1995 then on to Ferrari until his 2006 retirement.
He returned from 2010-2012 with Mercedes.
His F1 success, alongside a number of high paid endorsements, made Michael one of the highest paid sportsmen in the world.
Latest figures suggest his net worth stands at just under £600million ($780 million).
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Who is Michael Schumacher married to and who are his children?
Michael married Corinna in August 1995 in Germany.
A keen horsewoman, Corinna won the European Championship in western style horse riding in 2010 and she is also an avid dog lover and animal rights activist.
The pair have two children together.
Gina-Maria was born in 1997 and is now a micro-cart driver — while their formula racing son Mick was born in 1999.
Family spokesperson Sabine Kehm has said: “What can be said is that the family really appreciates the empathy of the fans.
“The people really do see and understand (his health situation) is not to be shared in the public eye.”
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