Michael Schumacher turns 54: Wife Corinna continues to maintain his private life 9 years after accident

Michael Schumacher turns 54: Wife Corinna continues to maintain his private life 9 years after accident
In a rare interview, his wife Corinna admitted that Schumacher has been "different" following the skiing crash (Clive Mason/Getty Images, Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

LAKE GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: One of the most successful Formula One racing drivers in the world, Michael Schumacher turned 54 on Tuesday, January 3. Schumacher retired from the sport after a horrific skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013. Since then, the German racer has been under care. 

To mark the legendary seven-time world champion's birthday, his son Mick shared a classic photo of himself alongside his father on Tuesday, January 3. The first slide of the post showed a nostalgic photograph of the father-son duo, holding a frame. Another image showed the F1 legend behind the wheel in his best form. Mick captioned the two images, saying, "Happy birthday to the best Dad ever. Love you!" Schumacher's son, 23, was present when he fell on the rocks and struck his head. While the racer's helmet saved his life, the hit was enough to send him into a medically induced coma to survive. 

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In a rare interview back in July 2022, his wife Corinna admitted that Schumacher has been "different" following the skiing crash. It is known that the driver required two life-saving surgeries, however, most of his health conditions have been kept private. His wife said the reason behind keeping the updates personal is a way of protecting him. "We try to carry on a family as Michael liked it and still does," Corinna explained on Netflix’s documentary titled ‘Schumacher’ as per The Sun. "And we are getting on with our lives. 'Private is private', as he always said. It is very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible. Michael always protected us, and now we are protecting Michael." Corinna talked further about taking therapy with Schumacher as a family every day in order to maintain that he is comfortable and happy while he undergoes treatment at their Switzerland home. 

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11 Apr 1999:  Michael Schumacher of the Ferrari team celebrates coming in second place during the 1999 Brazilian Grand Prix held at the Interlagos Circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Mika Hakkinen and the McLaren-Mercedes car went on to win the Grand Prix.\ Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson /Allsport
In a rare interview back in July 2022, his wife Corinna admitted that Schumacher has been "different" following the skiing crash (Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson /Allsport)

According to AmoMama, Schumacher was unresponsive for six months after the horror. With time, the F1 driver reportedly made "good progress" but still had trouble communicating as per the International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt. In 2018, German musician Sascha Herchenbach dedicated the song named 'Born to Fight' to Michael and Corinna Schumacher. "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," said Corinna in response.

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The legendary driver shares a son Mick, 23, and a daughter Gina, 25 with his wife. While his son has followed Schumacher's steps, his daughter has pursued a profession in horse riding. 

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