Champion Formula One racecar driver Michael Schumacher's wife thanked his fans for their loyal support during the week of the German Grand Prix, according to the London Express newspaper in an article today, Monday, July 21. Schumacher, who is acclaimed by many to be the greatest Formula One driver ever, was critically injured Dec. 29 while skiing near the Meribel Resort in the Alps.
Corinna Schumacher said, "We made it through the toughest time together." She chose the German Grand Prix to praise the worldwide support from the public.
Recent reports indicate the seventime world champion could be back home by the end of summer.
Newspapers in Switzerland reported he has been making such good progress at a Lausanne rehabilitation clinic that he may be home soon. He spent 170 days at a hospital in Grenoble, France following his ski accident.
When his ski struck a rock covered by snow, he was catapulted through the air. His helmeted head then struck a larger rock.
He was flown by helicopter to Unviversity Hospital in Grenoble where doctors placed him in a medically induced coma following surgery on his brain to remove blood clots.
Corinna further said, "The German Grand Prix gives me the perfect opportunity to cordially thank you all for the good wishes and positive energies you keep sending Michael. I have to say your sympathies blew us all away."
She went on to say that the next phase in Michael's recovery will presumably take a long time.
Doctors at the Lausanne clinic hope he will be able to use an advanced electronic wheelchair, which will be controlled by his mouth within weeks.
Michael's wife and family reportedly have been prepared for his hope for return home, according to several European news publications in Germany and England. They have allegedly invested in a personal medical care center, specialist machines, a building for healthcare personnel to reside in and an extension with no steps.
Corinna has been the picture of the devoted wife, reportedly visiting with Michael daily in his hospital room since the accident in the French Alps. During his coma, she reportedly spoke to him daily in the hopes he would recognize her voice and emerge from his unconscious state.
Her strategy evidently worked as he awoke from his medically induced coma last month.
Reports are that he is now able to communicate with Corinna and his daughter Gina-Maria, 17, and son Mick, 15.
Schumacher is now 45 and raced with many of the drivers who participated in Sunday's German Grand Prix which was won by fellow German Nico Rosberg. Valterri Bottas was second for the Williams team while Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes was third.
All the drivers have expressed their support for the alltime champion's recovery.
Schumacher's seven world championships give him more than any other Formula One driver in history. Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio is second with five world championships. He held the record until Schumacher broke it in 2003.
French driver Alain Prost has four championships as does German Sebastian Vettel, the current reigning champ, who drives for Red Bull. Prost drove for McLaren and Williams during his championship years.
Schumacher with 91 race wins also holds that record with Brazilian Ayrton Senna in second place.
Michael and Corinna met in 1991 on the Formula One Circuit.
American racing fans might be interested to know Corinna owns and manages a ranch near Dallas, Texas. The Schumachers reportedly visited the midwestern region of the United States on a regular basis when Michael competed in the Canadian Grand Prix.
Michael's millions of fans around the world were heartened today to hear the latest developments in his recovery from the ski accident. He suffered only one injury during his unparalleled career at the top of the glamorous Formula One world. That injury was a broken leg he experienced during the British Grand Prix.
Hopefully, Michael will be home by the time the United States Grand Prix occurs in Austin.
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