Michael Schumacher, 50, suffered a severe head injury and was left in a coma for six months following an accident in December 2013. The F1 legend was skiing off-piste at the Meribel ski resort in France when he fell at a relatively low speed and hit his head on a rock. Schumacher was rushed to the hospital and put in a medically reduced coma until June 14, 2014 – and is said to have been “lucky to survive” the tragic fall.
Some five years later, the Schumacher family, who revealed little about the 50-year-old’s condition, have approved the making of a documentary about the racing star.
The unique insight into Schumacher’s health will be released on December 5 in German-speaking nations.
But in a trailer for the film, Bernie Ecclestone, 88, has provided a positive update his F1 colleague’s health.
He said he believes Schumacher will make a recovery.
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The film, titled Schumacher, has had the full support of the racing champion’s wife Corinna and the rest of the family.
It will details the spectacular life and career of Schumacher, as well as his skiing accident.
In the film, Ecclestone made a statement about Schumacher’s health.
Ecclestone reportedly said: “He is not with us at this moment.
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“But when he is better, he will answer all the questions.”
According to local media, the statement provides both fears and hope about Schumacher’s recovery.
One German daily wrote that “it makes it clear how much the consequences of the ski accident still affect Schumacher five years later” while Ecclestone’s second sentence also “gives hope for a successful recovery”.
Corinna herself will also reportedly feature in the film, with her saying: “Michael is a fighter and will not give up.”
What is the latest update on Michael Schumacher’s condition?
Not much has been revealed about Michael Schumacher’s condition since he suffered the traumatic head injury in 2013.
However, in early January the stricken F1 legend’s family issued a rare update on his health, saying: “You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him.
“Please understand we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as [his] health… in privacy.
“At the same time we say thank you very much for your friendship and wish you a healthy and happy 2019.”