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Michael Schumacher cries at sound of his children's voices

"This year, Michael will spend his birthday at home, surrounded by those close to him, as he daily continues his rehabilitation. Everyone at Ferrari and his many fans around the world send all their best wishes and, as always, Forza Michael!".

The news emerged as the seven-time Formula One champ continues his "long and difficult road" to recovery following his skiing at the end of 2013.

An article in Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra explains that despite the sad news of his pain, it is "valuable" to know that he is making some sort of contact with his loved ones.

Writer Giorgio Terruzi pens: "Schumi cries. And sometimes mysteriously. He cries when he hears his children, his wife's voice, his dogs. In the silence of that room, a tear runs down his thin face at a known sound.

 "We have a man that we usually consider unbeatable...engaged in a struggle."

He adds: "Inside this we can find... There is life, enclosed in a drop; there is the strength of a man who is moved and that moves each of us. We have his tears, his senses exposed."

The news emerged as the world of sport celebrates the former racing champion's 46th birthday.

Happy birthday my brother ?? be strong!! Love you ?? pic.twitter.com/XDvCQ8R3mZ

Happy Birthday Michael Schumacher !!! #KeepFightingMichael

Happy Birthday, Michael #Schumacher!#KeepFightingMichael

Happy Birthday #Michael #Schumacher !!! Weiterhin viel Kraft und Geduld....

Schumacher suffered severe head injuries while skiing with his family in the French Alps on December 29, 2013. The accident left him with brain damage and he was in a coma for six months.

The former driver awoke from his coma six months ago but doctors have not commented on any significant improvements to his health.

His friends and family today marked the occasion by wishing him well in his fight.

His old team Ferrari sent a touching tribute to their champion, saying: "A year ago, just a few days after the skiing accident in Meribel, a group of Prancing Horse fans had unfurled the giant Ferrari Heart banner outside the Grenoble hospital, in a gesture of support.

"This year, Michael will spend his birthday at home, surrounded by those close to him, as he daily continues his rehabilitation. Everyone at Ferrari and his many fans around the world send all their best wishes and, as always, Forza Michael!"

Express
04/01
2 Points
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Michael Schumacher still faces a 'hard fight' as anniversary of accident approaches

Speaking on the eve of the accident, which happened on December 29th last year, Sabine Kehm said: "We need a long time. It's going to be a long time and a hard fight.

"He is making progress appropriate to the severity of the situation."

Ms Kehm cast doubt on recent reports that the racing legend is making cognitive progress.

France's Le Parisien printed claims from Schumacher's fellow former Formula One driver Philippe Streiff.

Streiff said that Schumacher "had yet to recover the power of speech" but that "nevertheless he is beginning to recognise his family, his wife and his children, but has big memory problems".

He added that the 45-year-old has "very limited" movement but may one day walk on crutches.

Streiff said that he had been in touch with French doctor and mutual friend, Gérard Saillant, as well as Schumacher's wife, Corinne.

The driver has used a wheelchair since he was injured in a racing accident in 1989.

Ms Kehm later said that Streiff claims were "factually wrong".

She said: "I cannot confirm that (report).

"I can only confirm that I do not know where Mr Streiff has his information from because he has no contact with us and he never has."

On December 29 2013, Schumacher suffered a freak ski accident in the French Alps, leaving him brain damaged and fighting for his life.

The competent skier was holidaying with family and friends in the resort of Meribel, where he owns a chalet.

Schumacher hit his head on a rock, leaving him brain damaged and fighting for his life.

The force of the blow shattered his ski helmet.

He was treated in intensive care in Grenoble Hospital, France before being transferred to Lausanne Hospital, Switzerland.

He is now being cared for at his home on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Express
29/12
22 Points
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