Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher was airborne about 34 feet before his head struck a rock which injured him Dec. 29 during a skiing outing with his son and friends, according to BBC News Europe yesterday, Feb. 17, 2012. Schumacher's helmet reportedly split when he struck the rock.
The seven-time world champion driver was conscious immediately following the accident before he was airlifted to University Hospital of Grenoble where he was placed into a medically-induced coma to allow healing of his brain. He also underwent two surgeries.
The French prosecutor investigating the accident which occurred in the Alps, has closed the case saying that he has found no evidence of any wrongdoing. Prosecutor Patrick Quincy said that the "information given at the Meribel resort where the accident happened conformed to French laws."
He was skiing off-piste when he fell and hit his head on the rock. Actually, there were two different rocks involved in the accident. The rock which he first struck was 34 feet away from the rock on which he hit his head. It has been reported that a layer of snow may have concealed the first rock from Schumacher's vision.
Schumacher's 44-year old wife Corrina has been at his bedside daily since the accident. She has been speaking to her unconscious husband in the hopes the sound of her voice will help revive him.
Those who know Corrina Schumacher are not surprised by her determined belief in her husband's survival. She has never stood in the way of his dangerous racing career, knowing that to do so would be to go against his nature. Michael's 500 million pound fortune has allowed the two to live in a comfortable lifestyle. They own a ranch in Texas outside of Dallas as well as several ski resorts in Europe.
Corinna and her brave husband have two children includidng sixteen-year old daughter Gina Marie and fourteen-year old son Mick. Corinna has battled the gauntlet of journalists on a daily basis as she fights threw them to enter her husband's hospital room, according to the London Mirror.
Although the finding by M. Quincy rules out any criminal actions against the resort, the Schumacher family could still file a civil lawsuit, although Corinna's thoughts are far away from that subject. She has never mentioned the possibility of a lawsuit as she focuses on helping her 45-year old husband recover from his head injury.
The medical team is reportedly reducing his medication in an attempt to gradually bring him out of his coma.
He is the only Formula One driver to ever win seven championships piloting his Benettons and Ferraris on racetracks from Rio de Janeiro to Monte Carlo. His first two world championships were with Benetton in 1994 and 1995. He later won an unparalleled five consecutive championships from 2000-2004 with Ferrari after his input was credited with improving the quality of the car.
Spaniard Juan Manuel Fangio won five world championships on the Grand Prix circuits of the 1950s.
Schumacher is considered by many to be the greatest driver to ever don a helmet. His 91 race wins places him ahead of everyone else in history.
Testing for the upcoming Formula One season has begun, although a glum atmosphere pervades the sport as Schumacher along with his loyal wife fights for his life.
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