Michael Schumacher's wife says he is 'getting better'
Corinna Schumacher, in her first comments since the Formula One legend's skiing accident, says his condition is improving
CORINNA Schumacher, the wife of Michael Schumacher, has said he is getting better after coming out of a coma in her first comments since the Formula One legend's skiing accident last December.
Speaking at a horse-riding tournament in Germany, Mrs Schumacher said the improvement seen in her husband's condition was encouraging.
"It's getting better, slowly certainly, but in any case it's improving," she told Neue Post, a german women's weekly magazine.
Schumacher, 45, spent 170 days in hospital in the French city of Grenoble after cracking his skull on a rock while skiing in an French Alpine resort of Meribel. Almost all of that time he was in a coma, and lost an estimated 44lbs in weight.
Last month, the seven-time world champion was transferred from Grenoble university hospital to a rehabilitation clinic in the Swiss city of Lausanne that specialises in care for brain injuries.
Sabine Kehm, his manager said at the time that he was " no longer in a coma". She said the driver would begin a long process of rehabilitation in Lausanne, which is 24 miles from the home he shares with his wife and two children.
It was reported that Schumacher was responding to his wife's voice. "The voice of Corinna has a much stronger effect on him than the voices of other people," Bild newspaper wrote.
However, there has been much speculation over his condition and future hopes. Dr Erich Riederer, a Zurich-based neurologist who is familiar with coma patients told the Swiss media that Schumacher was unlikely to make a full recovery.
"He will remain an invalid all his life and will always remain dependent on the help of others," he told the Swiss online news site 20 Minuten.
It transpired last month that a report on his medical condition had been stolen and offered for sale to various media for 60,000 Swiss francs (£39,000).