The top neurosurgeon who is overseeing F1 legend Michael Schumacher’s case recently opened up on how his patient was doing, giving his fans throughout the world a glimpse into what they can expect. The Schumacher family has so far chosen not to share any details with the public so this new information is a rare occasion where F1 fans get to learn more about Schumacher.
Most prominent as a Ferrari driver, Schumacher suffered a terrible accident six years ago, on December 29, 2013, while skiing that left him in a long-term coma; he sustained near-fatal brain injuries as a result of hitting the right side of his head on a rock in a fall that destroyed his helmet, while skiing in the French Alps.
While Schumacher has woken up from the coma, Nicola Acciari, a Bologna-based neurosurgeon, warned that he is now a very different person due to his injuries and will not even be remotely similar to how millions of fans remember him in his heyday.
For the past six years, Schumacher has been attended to by his spouse Corinna, as well as their children Gina-Marie, 22, and Mick, 20. The family lives in a mansion at Lake Geneva in Switzerland.
Updates on Schumacher’s condition have been sparse in the years after the accident. The latest revelation occurred last year, when Schumacher’s former Ferrari manager, Jean Totdt confirmed that his recovery was still ongoing after visiting the seven-time world champion to watch a TV-broadcast of the Grand Prix at his home. Totd praised Schumacher’s fighting spirit, as well as the quality of care he receives at home, though he admitted that Schumacher remained unable to communicate with others substantively.
Last year, Willi Weber, Schumacher’s friend and old manager, accused Corinna of deceiving the public regarding her spouse’s condition. Weber reported that, despite his entreaties to visit Schumacher, Corinna denied his requests. Weber speculated that Corinna does not allow visitors to continue hiding the truth from the public.
Schumacher’s Condition Remains Closely Guarded to Fans
In September 2019, Schumacher went to Paris for a stem cell transfusion intended to control inflammation. A staffer from the Georges-Pompidou hospital was quoted stating that Schumacher was conscious, which was repeated by a nurse from the cardiology department of the same hospital.
Schumacher has been confined to his home since September 2014, where he receives constant care and monitoring. Few concrete updates on Schumacher’s conditions have emerged; a few close friends have visited him throughout the years, but no one has publicly spoken on the former driver’s health.