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Michael Schumacher 's wife Corinna has opened up on the former Formula One racing driver's condition with an update about his health eight years after he was involved in a devastating skiing accident.
Michael, 52, who is a legend of the motorsport world, suffered a horrific accident during a session in the French Alps in 2013 with his son Mick, who was 14 at the time, when he fell and hit his head on a rock.
The star was in a coma for six months after the accident, and has never returned to F1, but his family have kept the details of his lasting condition tightly under wraps, except to say he has been left with permanent brain damage.
Sharing the details in a new Netflix documentary titled SCHUMACHER, 52 year old Corinna said that while everyone still "misses" the Michael he once was, the racing star is still here – just different.
“I miss Michael every day. But it's not just me who misses him," she admitted. "It's the children, the family, his father, everyone around him.
“Everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here – different, but here. He still shows me how strong he is every day.”
The last time Corinna spoke about her husband's condition was ahead of his 50th birthday.
The documentary, which features interviews from son Mick, now 22, and others in Michael’s family, also delves into the days before the skiing trip which would change the course of his life forever.
Corinna revealed that Michael had been unhappy with the snow conditions in the French Alps so had suggested going to Dubai instead.
The German driver had planned to go skiing in the resort of Meribel in December, but was disappointed with the snow forecast and briefly wavered.
“The snow isn't optimal,” the German father-of-two told his wife. “We could fly to Dubai and go skydiving there."
But Michael and the family continued on with their original plans instead.
Since the accident, Michael has resided at his home in Switzerland near Lake Geneva, but details of his care and life have been kept private.
Corinna went on to explain that her decision to continue this way was in the interests of her husband, who always valued his privacy.
“We are trying to carry on as a family, the way Michael liked it and still does,” she told the filmmakers. “We live together at home. We do therapy.
“We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make sure he's comfortable.”
The German animal rights activist said the family are “getting on with their lives” and it’s very important to her that they continue to protect him the way he protected them.
Corinna and Michael got married in 1995 and share two children together, Gina-Maria, 24, and Mick, who is now a Formula 1 racing driver himself after choosing to follow in his dad’s footsteps.
The racing driver, who is contracted with Haas, also said on the documentary that he would “give up everything” just to be able to talk to his dad about the world of F1.
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