Michael Schumacher is “making progress” as he fights to recover from his skiing accident, his manager said on Friday.The German suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident in Meribel in the French Alps in December 2013.
Schumacher spent months in a coma following the accident before being transferred to a rehab clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was then moved to a medical suite built into his mansion in September last year.
“He is making progress,” manager Sabine Kehm told Sport-Informations-Dienst before warning that people “must always keep the seriousness of his injuries in mind”.
His family are said to be spending £100,000-a-week on his healthcare.
Updates on Schumacher’s health have been scarce but the latest prognosis is much more positive.
In November, ex-F1 driver and close friend, Philippe Streiff, had revealed that Schumacher’s condition remained grave.
Speaking to French radio, he said: “He is getting better but everything is relative. It’s very difficult. He can’t speak,” said Streiff, who was himself left paralysed after a crash in 1989.
“Like me he is in a wheelchair, paralysed. He has memory problems and speech problems.”
Also speaking in November, Jean-Francois Payen, one of the doctors who had been treating Schumacher, said that he may take years to recover.
“I have noticed some progress but I would say we will have to give him time,” Payen said.
“It is like for other patients. We are in a time scale of one to three years, so you need patience.”
However, FIA president Jean Todt claimed that he expected the seven-times F1 champion to “live a relatively normal life” following his return home, whilst his son Mick said in October that his father was “waking up very slowly.”
He won a record seven world titles and 91 races during a stellar Formula One career.
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