Schumacher: A Year On


Today marks a year onwards from Michael’s horrific accident in the French Alps, it’s been good news to hear of late that he has made substantial gains in his recovery so far, we know that he has still a long way to go, but considering that state of his injuries, we are sure he can continue on the upward trend.

We will always remember Michael for his great achievements and the record books will always hold him at the top of many statistics, many of which may never be beaten.

He is a brief overview of his past year:
December 29 2013: Michael hits his head on rocks while skiing with friends and his son near the French resort of Meribel. He was airlifted to Grenoble Hospital suffering “a severe head injury with coma on arrival, which required immediate neurosurgical intervention”.

December 30: A press conference was called at Grenoble Hospital, doctors described Schumacher’s condition as being “extremely serious”. After a second operation, lasting two hours, was carried out in order to reduce the swelling on his brain.

December 31: Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s manager, accuses a “journalist dressed as a priest” of attempting to gain access to his hospital room.

January 4 2014: With Schumacher remaining in a medically-induced coma, a statement from the hospital describes his condition as “critical but stable”.

January 8: After an initial investigation into the crash concludes that speed “did not appear to be an important factor” and finds that Schumacher was around eight metres off piste when he hit his head on a rock.

January 30: In the first official update from Schumacher’s family in almost a month, it was revealed that ‘Michael’s sedation was to be reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process.

February 17: Prosecutors in France close their investigation into the crash, ruling: “No one was found to have committed any offence.”

March 12: Schumacher’s family thank fans for their support and reveal that “there sometimes are small, encouraging signs”.

April 4: A new statement from Schumacher’s family describes Michael as showing “moments of consciousness and awakening”.

June 24: Sabine Kehm reveals that files purported to contain Schumacher’s medical details have been stolen and offered for sale.

July 18: In the programme notes for the German GP, Corinna Schumacher thanks fans for their messages of support.

September 9: Schumacher left Lausanne Hospital to continue his rehabilitation at home

November 13: Schumacher’s website is reopened to mark the 20th anniversary of his first F1 title.

Below I feel I have found what is a fitting montage to Michael’s illustrious career