Michael Schumacher is allegedly paralyzed, in a wheelchair and unable to speak, according to Philipe Streiff.
Streiff, a former racing driver who is a quadriplegic, is a good friend of the seven-time Formula One world champion. The 59-year-old made the revelation about Schumacher’s condition while talking to French radio [via Daily Mail].
“He is getting better but everything is relative. It’s very difficult. He can’t speak. Like me, he is in a wheelchair paralyzed. He has memory problems and speech problems.”
In response to Streiff’s comments, Sabine Kehm, who is a spokeswoman for the Schumacher family, called them “his opinions” while she also added, “He did not have contact with us.” Streiff became a quadriplegic after crashing in Brazil during pre-season tests back in 1989.
Michael Schumacher suffered his injuries after he suffered a freak accident on December 29, 2013. He was skiing in Meribel with family and friends when he struck a partially covered rock. Despite the fact that the motor racing icon wasn’t moving fast at the time, he still lost control and then fell 34 feet onto another rock. This then resulted in him hitting a boulder, and the collision was so intense that it shattered his helmet.
He was operated on but was then put in an artificial coma for several months. However, further details regarding Michael Schumacher’s condition failed to materialize after this except for little dollops of information released by Kehm, which suggested that he was improving. On April 4 she declared that he had shown “moments of consciousness and awakening” while this was then followed by the revelation that he had opened his eyes and that he’d had interaction with his environment.
As the Inquisitr recently reported, Dr Gary Hartstein, who worked with Schumacher throughout his Formula 1 career, admitted that he is concerned for the driver’s fate.
He explained that as more and more time passes it is unlikely that Schumacher will ever make a full recovery from his injuries.
“As time goes on it becomes less and less likely that Michael will emerge to any significant extent… We are told, with what seems to be a bit of triumphal air, that Michael is no longer in a coma. This is not news. I cannot help but think this is highly cynical use of language, using the truth to convey an impression that is almost certainly false.”
Despite these remarks, Michael Schumacher’s family are still remaining positive even though his plight is immensely grave.
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