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Five years ago, after her previous work, the agony of Michael Schumacher

No news, bad news

Today it is five years ago that F 1 phenomena Michael Schumacher (49) in her previous work, a heavy brain injury suffered. Since then, there is a stubborn radio silence, sporadically interrupted by gloomy messages.

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The accident of Michael Schumacher has caused in his native Germany, a wave of emotion. Marius Becker/belgaimage

Five years ago, after her previous work, the agony of Michael Schumacher

No news, bad news

Today it is five years ago that F 1 phenomena Michael Schumacher (49) in her previous work, a heavy brain injury suffered. Since then, there is a stubborn radio silence, sporadically interrupted by gloomy messages.

Marc Vermeiren

BrusselMeer than a broken leg kept Michael Schumacher is not about to tens of thousands of racekilometers in the Formula 1, but one unfortunate manoeuvre on a French ski slope is given to him is fatal. After his final farewell to Formula 1 in 2012 continues to be need for speed slumber. Skydiving, motorcycling and skiing have the adrenalinerush work out. On december 29, 2013 of course, he, together with his then 14-year-old son Mick, a few meters outside the track of the French Méribel. Are the slats hit the top of a stone. He loses his balance and ends up with his head hard on a rock. A helmet saves his life, but he runs heavy brain damage.

Immediately after the crash and notify physicians that their patient is ‘never be the same and that he should re-learn to speak, walk and think.” To the pressure on his brain to reduce, he is in an artificial coma.

The international press will be flocking on the drama. Dozens of reporters stand up around the hospital of Grenoble, hoping to catch a glimpse of a family member, intimus or celebrity, hengelend to a quote from a doctor or nurse. One journalist disguises himself as a priest and tries Schumachers room to penetrate. A moment later arrested the security of two men who hope pictures of the famous patient. A video showing a bloody spot in the snow, is intercepted by the French police.

More than a broken leg does Schumacher not about to have tens of thousands of F1 mileage, but one unfortunate manoeuvre on a French ski slope is given to him is fatal.

The nieuwshonger of the press and the public leads in the summer of 2014 to a tragic derailment. The Swiss police arrested a man who is suspected of being Schumachers medical files stolen. He wants those documents for 50,000 euros to sell to interested media. The suspect, an employee of the helikopterfirma that Schumacher of his mountain had been removed, hangs himself the day after his arrest in a police cell in Zurich.

8,000 euro per day

Sabine Kehm, spokeswoman of the family, had soon after the tragedy reported that there would not be communicated about the medical situation of the fold as a world champion. Only sporadically breaks through the silence. In april 2014, let Kehm know that there are ‘moments of consciousness and awakening’ had been determined. On June 16, 2014 – 169 days after the accident – is the message that Schumacher no longer in a coma and that he was transferred from Grenoble to another hospital, where he received his ‘long rehabilitation’ would convert. The press release begs then back to discretion. Also former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, a regular passer-by on Schumachers bed, pleading for privacy. “It is time for the world to Michael in peace are life.’

Since september 9, 2014 staying the-fold world champion on his estate in Gland, an area of 650 square meters, with a private beach on the lake of Geneva. There let his wife Corinna, a small hospital go up. Cost: twelve million euro. A team of doctors, nurses and therapists care for him seven days, 24 hours on 24. According to the Daily Mail runs the amount for medical expenses on a small 8,000 euros per day. Other sources speak of more than the double. The economic magazine Forbes ranked Schumacher in 2017 on the fifth place in a historical list of earners from the sport. In total, he would be a fortune of 870 million euro collected, which the family is able to pay all the expenses.

Some of the steps or not yet?

Michael Schumacher was seven-time world champion. belgaimage

In september 2016, and feels the camp-Schumacher through lawyer Felix Damm obliged to respond to a message in a sensatieblad. In it was that the fold world champion with the help of his therapists a few steps and an arm had been lifted. ‘Michael Schumacher can’t walk. Stronger: without the help of his carers, he can not stand independently.’

A year later, reports a friend of the family that Michael signals, from a distant world’, but how it is really with him, know only a handful of people. And they keep tabs on each other. “Because every word on the need for new information stirs up,” says Sabine Kehm in march 2016 to the Süddeutsche Zeitung. ‘All the rest would disappear, while the family just needs. In addition, it is difficult to say how his condition is right.”

Because the crash today, five years ago, came Schumachers tragic fate in the past weeks more often in the news. Bild , for example, interviewed at the end of november the German archbishop Georg Gänswein. “I spoke first with his wife and her mother. When brought to the therapist Michael to the living room. I greeted him and took his both hands. They were warm. His face was very recognizable. Only it was a little fuller. He realizes that he is surrounded by loving people, about him watch.’

In the middle of november picked up the German magazine Bunte with a handwritten note from Corrina Schumacher, which they Sascha Herchenbach thank you, a German musician, a song about her husband had made: Born to Fight. “I was overwhelmed by that unexpected answer,” said Herchenbach. “The letter was hand-written and signed by Corinna. They wrote that they are very grateful for the gift, and that Michael is a fighter that will never give up.’

Vegetative state

No news, just news? So few of the favorable reports come out, feeds the alarmism. Five years later, after the accident seem to be the most dramatic prospects to be becoming a reality. Probably is Schumacher are either in a vegetative state, either he suffers from amnesia and he is unable to communicate. His days he spends in a bed or in a wheelchair. A snelheidsjunkie that glued is on his bed.

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