Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021

Michael Schumacher health update: F1 legend’s family allow rare footage to be released

Michael Schumacher says he 'never felt good enough' in 2013

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The sporting superstar has not been seen in public since a horrific skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013, which left the seven-times F1 world champion with severe brain injuries. Schumacher’s current medical condition is unknown, with family members and those close to him choosing to maintain privacy over those details. Millions of his fans will now be provided with new footage of their hero as part of an upcoming documentary.

Private recordings are set to appear in ‘Schumacher’, which was created by German filmmakers Michael Wech and Hanns-Bruno Kammertons.

The documentary will also feature Schumacher’s wife Corinna, his father Rolf, daughter Gina-Maria and son Mick – who has broken onto the F1 scene with the Haas team.

Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm, who now acts as a spokesperson for the family, said: “The film portrays Michael’s impressive career, but also many of the facets of the complex man.

“The merciless and daring Formula 1 driver, the ambitious athlete, the accomplished mechanic with a unique technical flair, the reliable team player and loving family man.”

Benjamin Seikel, a co-producer on the documentary, paid tribute to Schumacher’s family for allowing them to make this new documentary.

He said: “We are thrilled to have had the trusting co-operation of Michael Schumacher’s family and management.

“Without their support, this film would not have been possible.”

Schumacher suffered his horrific injury more than seven years ago after hitting his head on rocks while skiing off-piste in Meribel.

He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and was airlifted to a hospital in Grenoble.

The German underwent two surgeries and was placed in a medically induced coma for six months.

Schumacher came out of his coma in 2014 after 250 days was moved to a hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland before eventually allowed to return to his Lake Geneva home, where he has reportedly been receiving round-the-clock care.

At that time, his manager Ms Kehm said: “Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore.

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“We would like to extend our gratitude to the entire team at CHUV Lausanne for their thorough and competent work.”

She added that Schumacher faced a “long and difficult road ahead.”

But since then, details of Schumacher’s condition and recovery have largely been kept under wraps, with his family choosing to keep public statements to a minimum.

Jean Todt, the president of the F1 governing body who oversaw Schumacher’s seven titles as team boss for Ferrari, revealed last year he had visited the sporting legend and provided an update on his condition.

He told the PA news agency: “I saw Michael last week. He is fighting.

“My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.

“But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.

“All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it.”

Mr Todt also told French daily newspaper Ouest France: “I am very discreet on this subject. We all know that Michael had a very serious accident and, unfortunately, it had significant consequences for him.

“Since then, he has been treated so that he can be able to return to a more normal life.”

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