Michael Schumacher health update sees tearful wife admit he’s now ‘different’
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Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna broke down in tears after giving an update on her husband's health in a rare update.
The Formula One legend has been hidden away from the public after his family took him out of hospital to continue his recovery at home in private. The German suffered a horrific head injury in a skiing accident back in 2013 that saw him placed in a coma for over six months.
Though he has since awoken and has even travelled, Schumacher largely remains at home where he is taken care of by his family – including his wife Corinna. They have always kept details of his condition private and he has not been seen in public since the accident.
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But after receiving the State Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia, Mrs Schumacher admitted that her husband is no longer the same man in a tearful speech. "I miss Michael every day. But it's not just me who misses him," Corinna said, stifling tears.
"It's the children, the family, his father, everyone around him. I mean, everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here. Different, but he's here and that gives us strength, I find.
"We try to carry on a family as Michael liked it and still does. 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."
North-Rhine-Westphalia state premier Henrik Wust gave out the award and hailed the impact the former Ferrari star has had. The racetrack star is an ambassador for UNESCO and has donated tens of millions of dollars to charity and been involved in several humanitarian projects.
“In Michael Schumacher we are honouring a man today who not only stands out for his sporting achievements. But above all, we pay tribute to Michael Schumacher beyond racing and the spotlight. [He] has a big heart and for whom it was important to think about others," Wust said.
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