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Sports Michael Schumacher is SUED for 'causing motorbike crash' in Spain before his ski accident - despite still being in a coma

ByGerard Couzens

Published: 07:38 GMT, 22 April 2014 | Updated: 07:38 GMT, 22 April 2014

A Spanish biker has filed a formal complaint over a traffic accident involving Michael Schumacher weeks before the F1 star’s horror ski crash.

Schumacher is accused of knocking the motorcyclist off his bike after failing to give way at a roundabout in Bormujos near Seville.

The unnamed Spaniard is claiming compensation for the broken wrist he suffered and damage to a watch, his clothes and his motorbike in the accident on November 17 last year.

Michael Schumacher is being sued by a Spanish motorcyclist after the F1 star allegedly knocked him off his bike when failing to give way at a roundabout while driving an Audi rental car weeks before his ski accident

Schumacher, who has been named in the complaint along with the company that hired him the rented Audi A4 he was driving and its insurers, has been in a medically-induced coma since suffering a head injury in a French Alps fall on December 29 last year.

A trial will only take place if insurers contest the claim and the 45-year-old German would not be obliged to attend.

Police have said in their accident report the seven-time F1 champion, who was on a private visit to Spain, failed to respect his alleged victim's right of way.

Poor lighting on the approach to the roundabout has also been blamed.

Last week, Schumacher's family were given the smashed helmet he wore on the day of his ski accident.

Schumacher (pictured with his wife Corinna) has been in a medically-induced coma since suffering a head injury while skiing in the French Alps on December 29 last year

Doctors caring for him have rebutted claims his injuries may have been worsened because the helicopter that took him from the ski resort of Meribel to Grenoble hospital made a stopover at a smaller hospital en route.

Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm has said Michael is making progress.

She said at the start of the month: 'He shows moments of consciousness and awakening.

'We are on his side, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident.'

She also rubbished claims his wife Corinna had plans to build a medical suite for him at their Swiss home.

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Mail
22/04
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Michael Schumacher sued for traffic accident as he remains in medically-induced coma

F1 ace Schumacher is accused of knocking the motorcyclist off his bike after failing to give way at a roundabout in Bormujos near Seville.

The unnamed Spaniard is claiming compensation for a broken wrist, damage to a watch, his clothes and his motorbike in the accident on November 17 last year.

Schumacher, who has been named in the complaint along with the company that hired him the rented Audi A4 he was driving and its insurers, has been in a medically-induced coma since suffering a head injury in a French Alps fall on December 29 last year.

A trial will only take place if insurers contest the claim and the 45-year-old German would not be obliged to attend.

Police have said in their accident report the seven-time world champion, who was on a private visit to Spain, failed to respect his alleged victim's right of way.

Poor lighting on the approach to the roundabout has also been blamed.

Last week, Schumacher's family were given the smashed helmet he wore on the day of his ski accident.

Doctors caring for him have rebutted claims his injuries may have been worsened because the helicopter that took him from the ski resort of Meribel to Grenoble hospital made a stopover at a smaller hospital en route.

Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm recently announced he is making progress.

She said: “He shows moments of consciousness and awakening.

“We are on his side, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident.”

Ms Kehm also rubbished claims Schumacher's wife Corinna had plans to build a medical suite for her husband at their Swiss home.

In February, French investigators closed the official inquiry into his ski accident, ruling out any criminal wrongdoing.

Express
21/04
17 Points
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Tech Michael Schumacher is SUED for 'causing motorbike crash' in Spain before his ski accident - despite still being in a coma

Gander1964, Germany, 2 hours ago If Schumacher was in the wrong and caused injury and damage, surely it is right that his estate should bear the cost. There was an accident on a round-a-bout in Seville and insurance claims were submitted. A claim is being made against the insurers of the vehicle in question, not Schuey.

ByGerard Couzens

Published: 12:00 GMT, 21 April 2014 | Updated: 14:35 GMT, 21 April 2014

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A Spanish biker has filed a formal complaint over a traffic accident involving Michael Schumacher weeks before the F1 star’s horror ski crash.

Schumacher is accused of knocking the motorcyclist off his bike after failing to give way at a roundabout in Bormujos near Seville.

The unnamed Spaniard is claiming compensation for the broken wrist he suffered and damage to a watch, his clothes and his motorbike in the accident on November 17 last year.

Michael Schumacher is being sued by a Spanish motorcyclist after the F1 star allegedly knocked him off his bike when failing to give way at a roundabout while driving an Audi rental car weeks before his ski accident

Schumacher, who has been named in the complaint along with the company that hired him the rented Audi A4 he was driving and its insurers, has been in a medically-induced coma since suffering a head injury in a French Alps fall on December 29 last year.

A trial will only take place if insurers contest the claim and the 45-year-old German would not be obliged to attend.

Police have said in their accident report the seven-time F1 champion, who was on a private visit to Spain, failed to respect his alleged victim's right of way.

Poor lighting on the approach to the roundabout has also been blamed.

Last week, Schumacher's family were given the smashed helmet he wore on the day of his ski accident.

Schumacher (pictured with his wife Corinna) has been in a medically-induced coma since suffering a head injury while skiing in the French Alps on December 29 last year

Doctors caring for him have rebutted claims his injuries may have been worsened because the helicopter that took him from the ski resort of Meribel to Grenoble hospital made a stopover at a smaller hospital en route.

Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm has said Michael is making progress.

She said at the start of the month: 'He shows moments of consciousness and awakening.

'We are on his side, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident.'

She also rubbished claims his wife Corinna had plans to build a medical suite for him at their Swiss home.

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MrBrady, MIlton Keynes, 2 hours ago

Its hardly the right time to put pressure on a family that's already been torn apart .. Some people !!!

Gander1964, Germany, 2 hours ago

If Schumacher was in the wrong and caused injury and damage, surely it is right that his estate should bear the cost?He probably wouldn't have contested the claim himself.

UZZY, LEIGHTON BUZZARD, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago

Quite right , too many motorists dont take care or are aware of motor cyclists most are too busy wrapped up in their own lives ie speaking on mobile phones, not stopping at junctions etc etc .....motor cyclist are at risk by these inconsiderate motorist its not a case of picking on someone.....its called justice.

benidormchica, alicante, Spain, 2 hours ago

It was reported in the international press in February 2014 So why are you all jumping on the bandwagon now. There was an accident on a round-a-bout in Seville and insurance claims were submitted.

wes3197, Windsor, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago

Pretty misleading headline. A claim is being made against the insurers of the vehicle in question, not Schuey. Happens thousands of times every day.

goosie, duesseldorf, Germany, 2 hours ago

An unnamed SPaniard is after money money. Ridiculus, it should have been sttled with the insurance companies.He cannot even defend himself.

danielle, Wigan England, 2 hours ago

some people amaze me. how can you stoop soo low. sickening

osiris, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago

Whoever it is trying to sue him, has got no common decency. In my opinion the biker just wants to make a name for himself.

BobZ, Los Angeles, 2 hours ago

This is not unusual. Even dead people get sued, it's a legal entity called "an estate."

paul, essex, 2 hours ago

I do not think i would like to run over by him

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21/04
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Michael Schumacher: in and out of consciousness

"There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress," she told the ARD station. Sabine Kehm, Schumacher's manager, has told a German television station that he is showing small signs of progress as he comes out of the induced coma into which he was put by doctors immediately after his skiing accident at the turn of the year.

Michael Schumacher is gradually fighting his way back from the devastating brain injuries that almost cost the seven-times Formula One world champion his life.

Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s manager, has told a German television station that he is showing small signs of progress as he comes out of the induced coma into which he was put by doctors immediately after his skiing accident at the turn of the year.

“There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress,” she told the ARD station. “There are moments when he is awake and moments when he is conscious.

The Times
14/04
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Tech British skier dies after falling and hitting his head on rock in front of his son in the Alps in tragic echo of Michael Schumacher accident

ByPeter Allen Published: 09:30 GMT, 11 April 2014 | Updated: 10:39 GMT, 11 April 2014 16View commentsA British skier has died after falling and hitting his head on a rock in front of his son in the French Alps.The accident happened yesterday afternoon in the resort of La Clusaz, on an 'easy' blue run.The 51-year-old, who has not been named, fell around 17 feet before hitting his head.

ByPeter Allen

Published: 09:30 GMT, 11 April 2014 | Updated: 10:39 GMT, 11 April 2014

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A British skier has died after falling and hitting his head on a rock in front of his son in the French Alps.

The accident happened yesterday afternoon in the resort of La Clusaz, on an 'easy' blue run.

The 51-year-old, who has not been named, fell around 17 feet before hitting his head.

Scene: The accident happened yesterday afternoon in the resort of La Clusaz (pictured), on an 'easy' blue run. The 51-year-old, who has not been named, fell around 17 feet before hitting his head

‘He suffered a serious head injury and was evacuated by emergency helicopter,’ a local police spokesman said.

The man was rushed to hospital in nearby Annecy, but died from his injuries soon afterwards.

Gendarmes have launched an inquiry, and are liaising with members of the deceased man’s family, the police spokesma added.

It was in the French Alps resort of Meribel that, on December 29th, Formula 1 motor racing star Michael Schumacher fell and hit his head on a rock.

Accident: It was was while skiing in the French Alps last December that Michael Schumacher suffered the brain injury that keeps him in intensive care

Despite wearing a helmet, Schumacher suffered a traumatic brain injury and remains in intensive care.

Earlier this month, Schumacher's agent reported that he was showing 'moments of consciousness' as he was gradually withdrawn from the medically induced coma.

Schumacher’s helmet, which was split in half, is said to have saved his life.

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TenaciousTaylor, West Midlands, 35 minutes ago

I feel for his son to see this, but anybody that does this sport and snowboarding know the consequences. I to have ha a bad fall being silly and come worse off. I wear all protection possible now.

valy, Rhone Alpes, France, 1 hour ago

Knowing how warm it is here in the Aps at the moment, I cannot imagine the conditions for skiing were that favourable. Very sad.

Jay Edwards, Bath, United Kingdom, 1 hour ago

This has to be a freak or the piste has not been cleared properly. People fall on blue runs because of the number of poeple on them at any one time but don't normally hit their heads or worst die. Tragic.

Bigbird, Manchester, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago

Awful accident and terrible for the son to see, I hope he'll be OK. RIP to his dad.

Paecos Bill., Dead Mans Gulch, UK., 2 hours ago

Why was the rock in front of his son ?

Tiger Man, Gloucester , England!, 2 hours ago

Lovely place to ski.

Mookins007, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago

Skiing like many other sports/activities is a dangerous pastime and accidents will happen; that after all is part of the allure. Helmets and protective gear prevent many an injury but are not a guarantee

Bobkins, London, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago

Wear a ski helmet. No matter how good you think you are, you can never ever rule out bashing your head into a rock or tree.

Patrick, Belfast, 2 hours ago

Helps to obey any posted Warning Signs as well........because they are there for YOUR protection.

julie, Edinburgh, 3 hours ago

If course it's not risk free! Why are people even commenting saying this haha, no sport is 'risk free'.

TheOutSider, East Midlands, United Kingdom, 3 hours ago

..shut the slope perhaps?

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Tech Michael Schumacher 'Showing Moments Of Consciousness'

Michael Schumacher is showing "moments of consciousness and awakening" and "making progress", the Formula 1 legend's agent has said.

Schumacher has been in a medically-induced coma since a skiing accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel on 29 December.

The 45-year-old was reportedly travelling at speeds of up to 60mph when the accident occurred, and it is thought to have survived hitting his head against a rock by wearing a helmet.

"Michael is making progress. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening," said Sabine Kehm.

"We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team at the hospital in Grenoble, and we remain confident."

Kehm, however, was unwilling to go into specifics with regard to Schumacher's situation and his care, adding: "We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies.

"At the same time we again ask for your understanding that we do not intend to disclose details.

"This is necessary to protect the privacy of Michael and his family, and to enable the medical team to work in full calmness."

The Huffington Post
05/04
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Sports Michael Schumacher showing ‘moments of consciousness and awakening’ as Bahrain F1 circuit tribute revealed

A spokesperson has confirmed Michael Schumacher is showing ‘moments of consciousness and awakening’ from his three-month coma, as the Bahrain Formula One circuit showed its support for him with a huge message on the barriers at Turn 1.

The former world champion’s agent Sabine Kehm has said he is definitely ‘making progress’ and hinted he could be roused from his medically-induced condition soon.

Meanwhile red lettering which reads ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with you Michael’, has been splashed across the side of the track being used this weekend, as Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and co. prepare for the third race of the season.

Schumacher remains in hospital following a ski accident at Christmas, and until today there have been few updates on his condition.

MORE: Schumacher medics ‘let him down’ says former F1 doctor

The corner at the Bahrain International Circuit is already named in the 45-year-old’s honour, with the German having won there in 2004.

And his name will be there for all to see this weekend, with the racing world and beyond continuing to hope for his return to health.

MORE: Lewis Hamilton wins Malaysia Grand Prix ? then gets grilled by Sherlock

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04/04
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Sports Resort ‘not at fault’ in accident that left Michael Schumacher in coma

A French prosecutor today absolved ski resort officials of all responsibility for the accident that left Michael Schumacher fighting for his life.

Patrick Quincy, the state prosecutor in Albertville, in the French Alps, said that no criminal offences had been committed when Schumacher fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing at Méribel in December.

He closed the criminal investigation into the crash after issuing a statement which implied that bad luck, bad judgment or both had left 45-year-old in intensive care.

The seven-times Formula One champion is being treated at the Grenoble University Hospital Centre, where he

The Times
04/04
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F1 ace Michael Schumacher showing 'moments of consciousness and awakening'

There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient."His manager has stood by this statement during the last few weeks amidst the negativity offered by certain doctors who have nothing to do with his treatment.In February French investigators closed the official inquiry into his accident, ruling out any criminal wrongdoing.

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is showing "moments of consciousness and awakening", his manager has revealed.

After more than three months in a coma, the seven-time champion is "making progress", Sabine Kehm said.

Schumacher, 45, suffered a near-fatal head injury in a skiing accident in Meribel, France, on December 29.

In the first positive news for months, his manager Ms Kehm announced: "Michael is making progress on his way. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening

"We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident."

She said no further details would be given out of respect to his family and to “enable the medical team to work in full calmness".

Gary Hartstein, a former Formula One doctor, said 'awakening' would mean that Schumacher has opened his eyes.

He said: "This eye opening can even be cyclic, following what looks just like a sleep-wake cycle."

And he said the 'moments of consciousness' meant that Schumacher would have had interaction with his environment.

He said: "It consists of episodes of clear, purposeful interaction with the environment, and/or clear signs of awareness of self, even if these signs are not constantly present.

"For example, if Michael smiles when a member of his entourage talks to him - reproducibly and consistently on at least a few occasions. Or following people with his eyes. Or trying to communicate, or obeying simple commands. 

"Any of this constitutes objective signs of contact between the "outside" and the "inside". This then would be a minimally conscious state. And that is about the best news we could possibly get right now.”

But despite the encouraging signs, Schumacher will not be moved from Grenoble Hospital anytime soon.

His family and friends have also stressed there is no truth in rumours that his wife Corinna plans to build a medical suite for her husband in Switzerland.

When doctors give the go-ahead he will be moved to a rehabilitation clinic, according to a family friend, who added: "There will be a very significant amount of rehab required."

Doctors began the process of gradually awakening Schumacher from his coma more than nine weeks ago.

It will be 14 weeks ago on Sunday that Schumacher, 45, suffered his life-threatening accident while skiing in Meribel, where he owns a chalet.

Doctors began the process of gradually awakening him more than nine weeks ago.

Ms Kehm said it is “very hard” for his loved ones to comprehend how the racing car driver could have been so catastrophically injured in such a “banal situation”.

The accident occurred just over 14 feet from the edge of the ski run in an off-piste area in the French resort of Meribel.

He was skiing with his 14-year-old son when he lost control after hitting a rock. He ended up smashing his head into a bolder 34 feet further down the mountain.

He is receiving round-the-clock care in intensive care in Grenoble University Hospital.

Corinna, with whom he has two children Gina Marie, 16, and Mick, 14, has remained at his bedside.

They have remained confident throughout the tragedy that Schumacher will recover.

A statement released last month said: “We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up. There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient.”

His manager has stood by this statement during the last few weeks amidst the negativity offered by certain doctors who have nothing to do with his treatment.

In February French investigators closed the official inquiry into his accident, ruling out any criminal wrongdoing.

Express
04/04
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Sports Michael Schumacher 'Showing Moments Of Consciousness'

Michael Schumacher is showing "moments of consciousness and awakening" and "making progress", the Formula 1 legend's agent has said.

Schumacher has been in a medically-induced coma since a skiing accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel on 29 December.

The 45-year-old was reportedly travelling at speeds of up to 60mph when the accident occurred, and it is thought to have survived hitting his head against a rock by wearing a helmet.

"Michael is making progress. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening," said Sabine Kehm.

"We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team at the hospital in Grenoble, and we remain confident."

Kehm, however, was unwilling to go into specifics with regard to Schumacher's situation and his care, adding: "We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies.

"At the same time we again ask for your understanding that we do not intend to disclose details.

"This is necessary to protect the privacy of Michael and his family, and to enable the medical team to work in full calmness."

The Huffington Post
04/04
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Michael Schumacher 'Showing Moments Of Consciousness'

Michael Schumacher is showing "moments of consciousness and awakening" and "making progress", the Formula 1 legend's agent has said.

Schumacher has been in a medically-induced coma since a skiing accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel on 29 December.

The 45-year-old was reportedly travelling at speeds of up to 60mph when the accident occurred, and it is thought to have survived hitting his head against a rock by wearing a helmet.

"Michael is making progress. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening," said Sabine Kehm.

"We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team at the hospital in Grenoble, and we remain confident."

Kehm, however, was unwilling to go into specifics with regard to Schumacher's situation and his care, adding: "We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies.

"At the same time we again ask for your understanding that we do not intend to disclose details.

"This is necessary to protect the privacy of Michael and his family, and to enable the medical team to work in full calmness."

The Huffington Post
04/04
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Michael Schumacher: Coma challenges

As doctors continue their efforts to bring Michael Schumacher out of his coma, it will be a stressful and frightening period for close relatives watching his recovery.Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna has spent the past five weeks by the seven-time Formula 1 champion's bedside. Initially staying at a hotel close to Grenoble hospital, she is now understood to be making daily 100-mile (160km) journeys from the family's home near Gland in Switzerland.

As doctors continue their efforts to bring Michael Schumacher out of his coma, it will be a stressful and frightening period for close relatives watching his recovery.

Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna has spent the past five weeks by the seven-time Formula 1 champion's bedside.

Initially staying at a hotel close to Grenoble hospital, she is now understood to be making daily 100-mile (160km) journeys from the family's home near Gland in Switzerland.??She has been joined by other relatives including her husband's racing-driver brother Ralf Schumacher and the couple's children, Gina Marie, 16, and Mick, 14, who was skiing with his father when he fell and hit his head on a rock on 29 December 2013.

While some fans are already turning to social media to celebrate unconfirmed reports that Michael Schumacher has started blinking and responding to reflex tests, his family is under immense pressure as they observe the doctors trying to communicate with him.

"Waking from a coma is not like how it is portrayed in the movies," says Luke Griggs, spokesman for Headway, the UK's leading charity for people living with brain injuries.

"It can be a very gradual process that can take several days or weeks. For the family, the initial fear about whether or not the individual will survive is replaced by fear of what the future will hold and what level of recovery their loved one will make."

Patients usually start by opening their eyes, then responding to pain and finally by reacting to people talking to them.

It is a sequence of events that is a vivid recent memory for Mark Smith, a British paramedic whose 16-year-old son Ryan was in a medically induced coma after a cycling accident in July 2013. He remains in hospital where he is being treated for physical and mental health problems.

"Unfortunately the public perception is that people just wake up and start their everyday activities after a couple of days. That's not the case. It is very slow; there are no finite answers. You just have to stay hopeful that you will get interaction back one day."

Ryan said his first words just before Christmas and last Thursday he managed to update his Facebook status for the first time, using his tablet computer. He said simply, using a swear word, that he was feeling unwell.

His father has asked the public to forgive his language and added "the fact that he can have feelings again is just quite immense, so we look past what he has written!"

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond has spoken about his wife Mindy's bravery after a high-speed car crash left him in a coma in 2006.

Last month he told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast programme that Schumacher's accident had stirred terrible memories for her, whereas he has little recollection of his time in hospital.

"As far as my family is concerned, for my wife particularly, it was quite shocking to hear of it because she can empathise immediately with Michael's family," he said.

Writing in the Daily Mirror, he added: "My heart goes out to his family and everyone around him because they can't do anything but hope he gets better."

Doctors caring for Michael Schumacher at Grenoble University Hospital haven't commented on how he is responding to their latest tests and treatment.

At their last news conference in December, the head of the intensive care unit was clear that the helmet he was wearing had saved his life.

"Without a helmet, he wouldn't be here now," Prof Jean-Francois Payen told reporters.

According to research published in The Lancet, approximately a fifth of adults with a severe traumatic brain injury make a good recovery.

But many more die or are left with enduring disability.

A source close to Michael Schumacher has briefed journalists in Grenoble that his family is aware that things could change quickly "even for the worse".

Dr Peter Kirkpatrick, a leading British neurosurgeon based at Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge, says that it is "extremely unlikely" that Michael Schumacher will return to his previous level of health, although he insists it is "medically possible".

Michael Schumacher's multimillion dollar fortune gives his family the resources to buy in private healthcare for the star.

They are already being supported by Gerard Saillant, a trauma surgeon who operated on Schumacher when he broke his leg in a race crash in 1999.

The charity Headway advises that the experience of a head injury tends to make strong marriages and relationships stronger and troubled relationships more troubled.??Corinna and Michael Schumacher have been married for almost twenty years and one thing the German media agree on is that they have a solid foundation.

The driver is reported to have told Germany's ZDF TV channel that they have never had a serious fight.??But head injuries can have an impact on even the strongest of spouses.

Olympic rower James Cracknell has written about how his marriage to broadcaster Beverley Turner changed after he sustained a head injury while cycling in 2010 and had to re-learn most physical tasks, including walking.

"To those around me, I was short-tempered, frustrated and angry," he said in his autobiography in 2012.

"If you ask me if we have the same relationship we used to, then no, we don't. Will we? I hope so, although I genuinely don't know. I worry that Bev will always look at me in a slightly different way. She was summoned to a hospital in America to say goodbye because they didn't think I'd live. Then she was told I would but that I wouldn't know who she was at first and I wouldn't be the man she married."

He added: "For her, and for my family, I hope that I'm learning to adapt to the guy who is 'nearly James Cracknell'."

Luke Griggs of Headway says the road to recovery is unique for every patient.

"Put simply, the effects of brain injury can be devastating and last a lifetime. It can change every aspect of you: walking, talking, thinking and feeling. It can change personalities as well as capabilities.

However, we know that, with the right help at the right time, there can be life after brain injury."

BBC
04/04
2 Points
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Michael Schumacher ‘showing signs of awakening’

Michael Schumacher is showing "moments of consciousness and awakening", his manager said this morning in the most dramatic and optimistic official information for weeks about the injured former Formula One driver. It is 95 days since Schumacher smashed his head on a rock when he fell off-piste while skiing in the French resort of Méribel.

Michael Schumacher is showing “moments of consciousness and awakening”, his manager said this morning in the most dramatic and optimistic official information for weeks about the injured former Formula One driver.

The written statement from Sabine Kehm followed reports yesterday that Schumacher’s family was considering moving him from hospital intensive care to a specialist brain-injury rehabilitation centre.

It is 95 days since Schumacher smashed his head on a rock when he fell off-piste while skiing in the French resort of Méribel.

Michael is making progress on his journey,” Ms Kehm said in the statement.

“He shows moments of consciousness and

The Times
04/04
4 Points
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Michael Schumacher 'shows signs of improvement', says manager

The F1 legend was rushed to hospital after a skiing accident in Meribel, France, left him with serious head injuries.

The 45-year-old's manager Sabine Kehm said despite reports that he will never recover, there is evidence his condition is slowly improving. 

She said: "I can only repeat there are signs that give us encouragement."

Ms Kehm said it is “very hard” for his loved ones to comprehend how the racing car driver could have been so catastrophically injured in such a “banal situation”.

The accident occurred just over 14 feet from the edge of the ski run in an off-piste area in the French resort of Meribel.

He was skiing with his 14-year-old son when he lost control after hitting a rock. He ended up smashing his head into a bolder 34 feet further down the mountain.

He is receiving round-the-clock care in intensive care in Grenoble University Hospital.

Corinna, with whom he has two children Gina Marie, 16, and Mick, 14, has remained at his bedside.

In February French investigators closed the official inquiry into his accident, ruling out any criminal wrongdoing.

Ms Kehm said the family remains confident he will “win this fight” for health.

She said: “We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up. There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient.

Michael has suffered severe injuries. It is very hard to comprehend for all of us that Michael, who had overcome a lot of precarious situations in the past, has been hurt so terribly in such a banal situation.

“It was clear from the start that this will be a long and hard fight for Michael.  We are taking this fight on together with the team of doctors, whom we fully trust. The length of the process is not the important part for us.”

She said Schumacher’s wife Corinne and their family were “extremely grateful” for the outpouring of sympathy.

“We try to channel all the energies we have toward Michael and we firmly believe that this will help him. And we believe that he will also win this fight,” she added.

Schumacher was placed in an artificial coma on December 29 last year and has undergone two emergency operations. 

Doctors began the process of gradually awakening him more than nine weeks ago but he is still unable to breathe on his own and remains on a ventilator.

If Schumacher should wake up he will probably be facing months, if not years, being treated in a specialist clinic to relearn speech and movement.

Today a friend rubbished reports that his wife Corinna, 45, is spending £10 million to build a medically-equipped suite at their home in Switzerland because doctors have warned her his chances of recovery are negligible.

The friend said: “Michael will be moved to a rehabilitation clinic at some stage, however not at this stage.

“We are confidant Michael will wake up. Therefore why would we need to build facilities for a vegetative man at his home. This would imply that his case is hopeless.”

Express
03/04
6 Points
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