Michael Schumacher's Decade-Long Care Unveiled: New Details Emerge a Decade After Tragic Skiing Accident
Ten years after his devastating skiing accident in the French Alps, new details have emerged regarding the intensive round-the-clock care provided to seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher. The December 29 anniversary marks a decade since the iconic racer suffered severe head injuries while skiing off-piste in Meribel, despite wearing a helmet.
In a recent revelation by German publication BILD, it was disclosed that part of Schumacher's rehabilitation involves being driven in a Mercedes AMG car. This unique approach aims to stimulate his brain with familiar sounds, considering Schumacher's extensive career in racing spanning over two decades.
Up to 15 doctors, masseurs, and assistants form a comprehensive care team, ensuring Schumacher receives optimal care around the clock. Corinna Schumacher, overseeing visitation rules, permits close friends like Jean Todt and Luca Badoer, providing insight into the Formula One legend's private life.
A five-part documentary by German broadcaster ARD, starting today, offers fans a rare glimpse into Schumacher's life. This follows a 2021 Netflix documentary where Corinna provided a rare update, stating that despite life-changing injuries, Schumacher is now 'different, but here.'
His brother Ralf, a former F1 race winner, shared his perspective on the changes, acknowledging that "things aren't as they used to be." Ralf emphasized the unpredictability of life, expressing nostalgia for the "Michael of the old days" while acknowledging the opportunities advanced medical science provides.
Corinna, described as 'getting on with life as he would have wanted,' married Schumacher in 1995, and they share two children. Son Mick, following in his father's footsteps, has become an F1 driver. Schumacher's illustrious career includes back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995 with Benetton, followed by five consecutive championships with Ferrari from 2000 to 2004. His return to the sport with Mercedes in 2010 concluded in 2012, a year before the tragic skiing accident.
Michael Schumacher retired from Formula One racing twice.
- His first retirement came at the end of the 2006 season, after accumulating an impressive 7 World Championship titles (5 with Ferrari and 2 with Benetton). He returned to F1 for three seasons with Mercedes from 2010 to 2012, but couldn't replicate his earlier success.
Michael Schumacher's daughter, Gina Maria Schumacher, is a successful equestrian. She competed in the 2020 FEI European Championships for Juniors and has consistently ranked among the top young riders in Germany. Her father's passion for motorsports seems to have been passed down, as she also enjoys riding go-karts for fun.
Facts about Michael Schumacher:
- He holds the record for the most Grand Prix wins (91) and most podium finishes (155).
- He is considered one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time.
- After his 2013 skiing accident, Michael Schumacher experienced a long period of recovery and his current health status remains largely private.
- Michael Schumacher is alive. While he sustained severe brain injuries in his 2013 skiing accident, he has been receiving extensive medical care and rehabilitation since then.
- His current health status remains private. The Schumacher family has consistently requested privacy on this matter, and they haven't released any detailed updates since 2015.
- He no longer participates in public life. Due to the significant impact of his injuries, Michael Schumacher no longer attends public events or engages in professional activities.
- His legacy lives on. He is still revered as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time, and his achievements continue to inspire future generations of racers.