Monday 16 September 2019

Michael Schumacher is "still fighting" says close family friend

Michael Schumacher is
Michael Schumacher is "still fighting"

It is now closing in on two years since Michael Schumacher’s horrific skiing accident that left him in a coma but a close family friend says that the former world champion is "still fighting".

The seven time Formula One champion suffered serious injuries after going off-piste on the French Alps in December  2013. He was later placed in a medically induced coma to keep his condition stable.

FIA President and close friend Jean Todt says that he still visits Schumacher on a regular basis and everyone is still fighting, despite there being very few signs of any improvement.

"Michael is a close friend, his family is very close to me, and I'm very close to them as well,” the Frenchman said.

"I see Michael very often, and Michael is still fighting, and we must keep fighting with the family."

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The rehabilitation process is a costly one, with 15 medical staff caring for him at a special medical suite at his mansion in Switzerland.

Reports are claiming that it is amounting to €140,000 per week and has cost the family more than €14m.

In May it was reported that Schumacher’s wife, Corinna, sold her husband’s €34m jet and was considering selling their chalet in France.

Todt added that when Lewis Hamilton recently secured his third championship, it reminded him of Schumacher in the good times.

The 69-year-old added: “It was interesting last week after Lewis won the title for third time.

"You saw the figures [for Schumacher]. I was very proud of what Michael achieved. Sometimes you tend to forget what he did.”

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