Michael Schumacher ‘making progress’, says manager

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.

Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher

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.