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Michael Schumacher, Corinna Schumacher, and their son, Mick | Mick Schumacher | Michael Schumacher and Mick Schumacher | Source: Getty images instagram.com/gina_schumacher instagram.com/mickschumacher
Michael Schumacher, Corinna Schumacher, and their son, Mick | Mick Schumacher | Michael Schumacher and Mick Schumacher | Source: Getty images instagram.com/gina_schumacher instagram.com/mickschumacher

Michael Schumacher Turns 54: His Wife Tries to 'Carry on a Family' after His Accident & Coma 9 Years Ago

Edduin Carvajal
Jan 03, 2023
08:15 A.M.

Michael and Corinna Schumacher have been married for over two decades. She has stayed by her husband's side even after the tragic skiing accident that led him to a coma.

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For years, Michael was one of the most successful Formula One racing drivers in the world. Unfortunately, tragedy struck in 2013, only one year after he retired from the F1 for good.

In December 2013, Michael and his son, Mick Schumacher, were in the French Alps skiing when the former accidentally hit his head on rocks. He was wearing a helmet, but the impact was still too strong.

Michael Schumacher and wife Corinna Schumacher on November 10, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany | Source: Getty Images

Michael Schumacher and wife Corinna Schumacher on November 10, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany | Source: Getty Images

His wife has admitted that he was never the same after the accident on their vacation. She gave a rare interview in which she recounted how their lives unfolded after the incident in the Alps.

Michael has not been seen or heard from in almost a decade, and his wife has finally explained why this is so. Corinna said:

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"Michel always protected us; now we are protecting him."

Mick Schumacher and his mother Corinna Schumacher during the German Sports Media Ball (38th Sportpresseball) at Alte Oper on November 9, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany | Source: Getty Images

Mick Schumacher and his mother Corinna Schumacher during the German Sports Media Ball (38th Sportpresseball) at Alte Oper on November 9, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany | Source: Getty Images

While mystery still shrouds Michael's exact health condition, Corinna said he is here, but different. She also says she misses every day how he was before the accident, but she has tried to continue having the family they had before the accident.

She has also said that the family's reasons for keeping Michael's health struggle private are that Michael would have wanted it that way. He was private about his life, and his family intended to keep it that way.

Corinna Schumacher, wife of former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher and her daughter Gina Schumacher with Jean Todt react at the awarding of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Prize to Michael Schumacher at Motorworld Köln on July 20, 2002 in Cologne, Germany | Source: Getty Images

Corinna Schumacher, wife of former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher and her daughter Gina Schumacher with Jean Todt react at the awarding of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Prize to Michael Schumacher at Motorworld Köln on July 20, 2002 in Cologne, Germany | Source: Getty Images

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Corinna also said that the family does therapy with him daily and does everything to ensure that he is comfortable and happy while he undergoes treatment and lives at home.

Michael Schumacher's Coma

Michael was put in a medically induced coma and was unresponsive for six months. Doctors said he had suffered blood clots on the brain, and the only thing that saved him from instantly dying was his head protection.

Corinna Schumacher on October 13, 2018 in Hockenheim, Germany | Source: Getty Images

Corinna Schumacher on October 13, 2018 in Hockenheim, Germany | Source: Getty Images

Over time, the F1 legend recovered consciousness. In 2019, International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt said Michael was making "good progress" but still struggled to communicate.

That same year, the former racing driver was admitted to the Hospital European Georges-Pompidou for a special treatment that involved anti-inflammatory stem cell perfusion.

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Michael still has a long way to go, but his wife Corinna has been by his side throughout the process. Although she's not as famous as her husband, she used to be quite talented in sports, too.

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Corinna Schumacher's Life

In 2010, Michael Schumacher's wife competed and won the European Championship in western-style horse riding. Raising animals was very important for the couple as they own horse ranches in Texas and Switzerland.

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While Corinna has stayed away from the spotlight ever since the accident, she made headlines only days later. She appealed for privacy, as reporters wouldn't leave the clinic where Michael was under treatment.

She pointed out that the doctors and the hospital needed to be left unbothered to work and even asked reporters to "please leave our family in peace.”

Corinna Schumacher on August 14, 2015 in Aachen, Germany | Source: Getty Images

Corinna Schumacher on August 14, 2015 in Aachen, Germany | Source: Getty Images

Then, in May 2015, Corinna Schumacher attracted some attention for "reluctantly" selling off her husband's jet. According to Eurosport, she supposedly accepted that her husband would not be capable of flying it again.

Corina Schumacher and the rest of her family are expected to appear in a new documentary.

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Corinna also sold their holiday home in Norway – it was improbable for them to vacation there again – and wanted to do the same with a chalet in Meribel, France.

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The family spends most of their time in their Switzerland mansion, specially adapted to accommodate Michael. As of 2015, doctors, nurses, and technicians were working around the clock, too.

Michael is a Fighter

In 2018, German musician Sascha Herchenbach sent Michael and Corinna Schumacher a song named "Born to Fight." Corinna thanked Herchenbach with a letter that read:

“It is good to receive so many kind wishes and other well-intentioned words. [...] We all know Michael is a fighter and will not give up.”

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Although Michael's skiing accident was nothing short of tragic, life goes on, and his children still have a long life to live. Mick, for example, has followed in his dad's footsteps and is also a racing driver.

Michael Schumacher's son led the 2020 season of Formula Two and made his Formula One debut at the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix in March. Mick and the American team Haas signed a multi-year deal.

As per Michael's daughter, Gina, she is also attracted to racing as she practiced karting for a season. However, she's now making a name for herself as a horse rider and even took home the gold medal in the FEI World Reining Championships in Switzerland.

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