Michael Schumacher’s wife has issued a rare statement thanking fans ahead of the German driver’s 50th birthday tomorrow. Corinna Schumacher told her husband’s fans that ‘we are doing everything humanly possible to help him’ as he battles to recover from a devastating ski accident in France in 2013.
The 49-year-old also said the family will celebrate the former Ferrari driver’s ‘victories, records and jubilation’ as he turns 50 on Thursday.
‘You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him,’ a Facebook statement said.
Please understand if we are following Michael‘s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.
‘At the same time we say thank you very much for your friendship and wish you a healthy and happy year 2019.
Earlier in the statement, she thanked fans ‘from the bottom of our hearts’ and announced the launch, tomorrow, of the Official Michael Schumacher App.
‘We are very happy to celebrate Michael’s 50th birthday tomorrow together with you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts that we can do this together,’ she wrote
Such statements are rare and in the past the family and their management team have insisted Schumacher’s health is a private matter.
The German Formula 1 great suffered life-changing head injuries in a ski accident in December 2013. He hit the right side of his head on a rock, splitting open his helmet when he fell while skiing.
Schumacher was rushed to hospital where he underwent several life-saving surgeries and spent the next six months in a coma.
In April 2014, he woke up and was taken from the hospital in Grenoble to a private location, believed to be his house near Lake Geneva, where he is being cared for.
It is thought that Michael is being tended to by a team of 15 physicians who provide round-the-clock care at a cost of £115,000-per-week.
At the time of his release from hospital, his wife Corinna issued a statement asking for support in ‘our joint fight alongside Michael’, but said she would not be speaking further and asked for privacy.
The couple married in 1995 after meeting at a Ferrari party, and have two children together: Gina-Maria, 21, and Mick, 19, who races Formula Three.
Mick won the Formula Three championship with a race to spare in 2018, and will now make the move to Formula Two with Italian team, Prema this year.