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Friday 25 July 2014

Michael Schumacher's wife building a $19 million medical suite in their home

Published 30/03/2014|15:01

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MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, ITALY: German Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher poses with his wife Corinna, in the winter resort of Madonna di Campiglio, in the Dolomites area, Northern Italy, 11 January 2005. Schumacher takes part in the traditionnal Ferrari winter meeting with the press. AFP PHOTO / Press Ferrari (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
German Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher poses with his wife Corinna

Michael Schumacher's wife is building a $19 million medical suite in the couple's home to enable him to leave hospital.

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Corinna Schumacher is reported to be installing the fully-equipped facility at their house on the banks of Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

The 45-year-old Formula One champion's skiing incident occurred three months ago. He has been in a medically-induced coma at Grenble University Hospital in France.

Doctors say it's highly unlikely he will ever wake up.

Schumacher's doctor Gary Hartstein said last week that fans of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher should be prepared for "really bad news".

Mr Hartstein suggested Schumacher could be moved home to be with his family - if doctors were able to build an specially-catered intensive care unit - because the French hospital will at some point experience pressure on bed space.

He wrote: "I think it is inevitable that should the status quo continue, the ICU [intensive care unit] staff may well, at some point in the not-distant future, decide that the patient they’ve just been asked to admit has a higher need for that bed than Michael, given his clinical situation and prognosis.

Every day Schumacher's family travel nearly 250km to the hospital where they spend up to 10 hours by his side.

Since his accident, the racing legend has lost 25 per cent of his body mass to weigh only 55kg.

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