IT has been almost six years since the Formula One favourite, Michael Schumacher, had a tragic accident on the slopes which left him in a medically induced coma for six months.
On December 29, 2013, a time when most families were enjoying a festive break, the illustrious champion suffered a serious brain injury whilst skiing off-piste in the Swiss Alps. Since then, his family, friends and abiding fans have been by his side every step of the way.
The news of the tragic accident shocked racing fans in Spain and across the world, most especially after hearing that the sports star, who is defined by his passion, craftsmanship and dedication to driving, was perhaps confined to a wheelchair and the injury to his brain was a continuous battle that he challenged each day.
Although his condition has been kept in strict secrecy on the wishes of Michael with rare updates from his loved ones, every now and then a small piece of information makes its way through to the press on how the champion is doing.
No more so than today (December 26), after his wife Corinna made a short statement on the health of her husband, with Spanish racing fans rejoicing on what was interpreted as unchanging however positive news.
Speaking on behalf of the KeepFighting Foundation, an entity set up by the Schumacher family to support those who have suffered life-changing injuries in accidents and which also provides much needed funds for brain and spinal cord research, Corinna said:
“Big things start with small steps. Many small particles can form a huge mosaic.
“Together you are stronger, and that is exactly how combined forces of the KeepFighting movement make it easier to encourage others.”
Speaking to his fans in Spain on the statement, one said that “although it was positive that his health has not declined, sadly it seems not too much has changed, but I will continue to fight with my favourite legend.”
Another who has been a lifelong fan of the star, said “It is so good to hear from his wife, and I believe that one day he will return to the man I always remember.”
Michael Schumacher is much loved across Spain, not only because of his superior career in the thrill-seeking sport, but also because of his connections with the country, most particularly in the paradisiacal island of Mallorca.
Just last year the icon reportedly flew out on a specially adapted aircraft to his family’s villa in Andratx, one of the most sought after locations on the island, bringing a wave of support and excitement to the local community in Spain.