According to friends and family, 7-time F1 champ Michael Schumacher 46, continues to show improvement as he struggles to recover from severe brain damage incurred during a 2013 vacation in the French Alps. Schumacher had been out on the slopes with his (then) 14-year old son, Mick, when he fell while descending the Combe de Saulire below the Dent de Burgin above Méribel, hitting his head on rocks beneath the snow. Had he not being wearing a helmet at the time, he would have most likely been killed. Even so, doctors put him in a medically induced coma, until the following April before deeming him stable enough to gradually withdraw him from his unconscious state. He was later moved from intensive care into a rehabilitation ward at the University Hospital (CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Despite regaining full consciousness, it was reported last November that Schumacher remained paralyzed and in a wheelchair, “unable to speak and suffering from memory problems.” However, a video interview released in May 2015, by Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm said that his condition is slowly improving “considering the severity of the injury he had”.
The latest media reports indicate that Schumacher, listed at the height of his powers in F1 as weighing 165 pounds, has lost a staggering 65 pounds, with his round-the-clock medical treatment now costing the family an estimated $150,000 a week. In addition, former F1 principle Ross Brown, a close family friend told the London Daily Express that he and his wife have stayed in close touch with Schumacher’s wife of 20-years, Corrine. The Schumachers also have a daughter, Gina-Marie.
“We try and keep a balance of going to see him against calling and not being a pain,” Brawn told the London Daily Express newspaper. I’ve been to see him a few times. We just keep praying every day that he’ll recover to a stage where … it’s slow, but there’s always hope.”
Brawn was instrumental in helping Schumacher achieve his 7-World Championships, beginning as a technical director for the Benetton team, for which the German driver won back-to-back titles
in 1994 and 1995. Brawn then moved with Schumacher to Ferrari, where he remained for 11-years, earning 5-consecutive titles between 2000 and 2004. In addition to being named Lareus World Sportsman of the Year 2-times, Schumacher is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula-1 drivers of all time, and still holds s many of Formula One’s driver records, including most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions and most races won in a single season , 13 in 2004. Sebastian Vettel finally tied him for the last record in 2013.