Schumacher family hoping for medical miracle 0

Germany's Michael Schumacher smiles in the pit area after completing his second qualifying session of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix in this August 15, 1998 file photo. Ferrari fans held a vigil for Michael Schumacher on his 45th birthday on January 3, 2014, gathering outside the French hospital where the seven times world champion continued to fight for his life after a skiing accident. Schumacher's family thanked the fans in a statement on Friday evening saying they were moved to tears while French media reported that investigators were studying a camera the German had on him at the time of the accident.  REUTERS/Radu Sigheti/Files (HUNGARY - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT F1)

The family of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher are said to be praying for a ‘medical miracle’. The seven time World Champion has been unable to walk or talk following a skiing accident in 2013. Despite emerging from a coma six months after the head injury, Schumacher has been confined to a wheelchair.

Despite this, a family friend says the winner of 91 Grand Prix is ‘sending signals from his distant world’ to his family, as he is cared for by them at their home in Geneva, Switzerland.

The unnamed source was speaking to a German newspaper and also said that Schumacher’s toned physique was helping ‘do well in the circumstances’.

‘Corinna and the children [Mick, 18 and Gina, 20] hope to this day that a medical miracle happens.’

In the aftermath of the accident, doctors battled to remove blot clots from Schumacher’s brain in a couple of life-saving operations but some were left due to being embedded too deeply.

The German’s condition was described as ‘extremely serious’ by medics following his admission to Grenoble Hospital.     

In December 2016, a statement from his manager, Sabine Kehm, said: ‘Michael’s health is not a public issue, and so we will continue to make no comment in that regard.

‘We have to protect his intimate sphere. Legally seen and in the longer term, every statement related to his health would diminish the extent of his intimate sphere.’

The statement continued: ‘Michael has always been very protective of his privacy, even during the most successful times of his career.

‘He has always made sure there is a clear and distinct line between his public persona and his private one.’

Schumacher’s British former teammate, Johnny Herbert has said the F1 superstar has ‘good days and bad days’.

Friend Ross Brawn has said: ‘The family are conducting his convalescence in private and I need to respect that.

‘So I don’t want to comment on his condition beyond saying we’re extremely hopeful we’ll see Michael as we knew him at some point in the future.’

Schumacher is believed to have been worth £500 million before the accident.

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