Riddles about his state of health – so say the manager and the environment

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Of: Armin T Linder


A photo from 2012: Many fans are still wondering how Michael Schumacher is doing today. © Motorsport Images/Imago

How is Michael Schumacher? Many of his fans still ask this question today. Here we summarize some statements made by his manager and his confidants.

Kerpen – The ninth anniversary of Michael Schumacher’s serious skiing accident took place on December 29. There are hardly any current statements about his medical condition. Of course, fans and the media respect Michael Schumacher’s privacy. Nevertheless, fans are still rightly wondering how their idol is doing.

The Formula 1 world champion had an accident on December 29, 2013 while skiing in the French Alps. In a fall, he hit his head against a rock and, despite wearing a helmet, suffered severe head trauma.

Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher in 2012. © dpa

Here we summarize nine years after her serious accident what her manager Sabine Kehm had said – statements came from her mainly in the first years after the accident, after which the statements became calmer. Attention : Here you will find NO speculation, only the official statements of Michael Schumacher’s agent Sabine Kehm and other companions.

December 2017: The manager reveals a “secret desire” that puts everything in a different light

The French sports newspaper devoted December 2017 to the fourth anniversary of the accident The Team the case of Michael Schumacher several pages. “The health of the seven-time Formula 1 world champion is the subject of many rumours,” writes the newspaper. It was the title story, on the cover a portrait of the Rhineland native with the words: “Schumi, we won’t forget you.”

The story has been divided into several articles. One listed the many rumors surrounding Schumacher – there are also some very infamous ones. Another was about the Formula 1 legend’s children. But the main article should be exciting for many fans The Team had to be – it was very, very long and, of course, mostly looked at the big picture. But not only. Schumi’s manager Sabine Kehm also had her say. It was one of the very few statements (read more below) from Schumacher’s confidants. the The Team apparently met Kehm in Nyon, Switzerland.

One Kehm quote in particular made people sit up and take notice. Since the newspaper article, it haunts the German media. Who is the original text of The Team reads, however, learns: She said it in the spring of 2016, but it didn’t get much attention until December.

“He told me he wanted to disappear,” Schumacher’s manager reportedly said. “He said to me (at some point before the accident): ‘Don’t call me to plan things for next year, I’ll be gone.'” It was his secret dream. “That’s why I don’t let anything out.”

These words from Kehm shed a completely different light on the matter: Schumacher therefore wanted this to happen even less in public than before anyway. It is therefore logical that Kehm announced even less after the accident. Moreover, this is about Schumacher’s private life. “Everyone understands the situation,” Kehm says. “It’s a matter of dignity.”

Kehm gave insight into how Schumacher had previously kept his distance from the press: “He always set very strict rules. No journalist had his phone number, no photographer was allowed in with him. “

We’ve summarized statements Kehm also made in the years following Schumacher’s accident below.

Michael Schumacher: This is what his manager Sabine Kehm said about his state of health – a selection

Sabine Kehm has been Michael Schumacher’s manager for many years. She is the only one to issue official statements on her state of health – but also with great reluctance, statements becoming rarer in recent years. Here is a selection of their most important statements since the accident in chronological order.

Sabine Kehm in January/February 2021 on the occasion of the film Schumacher: She underlined: “The film must depict the incomparable career of Michael, but also show the many facets of a complex man: the ruthless and daring Formula 1 driver , the ambitious athlete, the experienced mechanics with a unique technical flair, the reliable team player and the loving family man.

Sabine Kehm in May 2017 on the Germany editorial network: “Michael is a public figure, the public has the right to know that something has happened. We also made it very clear that that something bad happened. However, Michael always established a clear boundary between the public and the private. The fans and the media have always accepted it. The decision to protect public privacy was made in Michael’s best interest. It’s the family’s right to deal with it in a way that’s best for the family..”

Sabine Kehm in December 2016: “Michael’s health is not a public issue and we will therefore continue not to comment on it,” Kehm said: “If only because we have to protect Michael’s privacy as much as possible. Michael.” From a legal point of view would any health declarations ‘permanently reduce the scope of his privacy’, she added. “We recognize that this may be difficult for some people to understand, but we do so in full agreement with Michael’s position and we can only thank you for your understanding.”

Sabine Kehm in July 2016: “Michael should not disappear. But At the moment the private situation is so difficult that no insight can be given. And everyone should understand that.”

Sabine Kehm in March 2016 SZ: One could wonder about Schumacher’s path to recovery two good years after his serious skiing accident.do not answer in a few sentences“A lot has to be explained because it’s ‘a constant process’.

Sabine Kehm in December 2015: “Unfortunately, a current press article forces us to clarify that the claim that Michael can walk does not correspond to the facts.

Sabine Kehm in May 2015: “We are happy to be able to continue to say that progress done, and I always say that given the seriousness of his head injuries.” (…) “But of course for everyone involved, it will be a long fight.”

Sabine Kehm on RTL in November 2014: “You have to give him time. I think we need really be patient.”

Sabine Kehm in June 2014: “Michel left the Grenoble University Hospitalcontinue his long period of rehabilitation. He is no longer in a coma.” (…) “His family would like to expressly thank all the doctors, nurses and therapists who treated them in Grenoble, as well as the first responders at the scene of the accident, who did an excellent job in the first month.”

Sabine Kehm in April 2014: “Michael is progressing on his path. He shows Moments of awareness and awakening.” (…) “We are at his side in his long and difficult fight, alongside the Grenoble hospital team, and we remain confident.”

Sabine Kehm in January 2014: “Michael’s anesthetics have recently been reduced in order to place him in a transfer wake up processwhich can take a long time.”

Sabine Kehm shortly after the December 2013 accident: “Michael is with a a private ski trip to the French Alps fell on him. He was taken to hospital and is receiving professional medical attention.” The medical team treating him added that Schumacher’s condition was “extremely serious”. He is with “widespread injuries in the brain“in mortal danger and is in a artificial coma been transferred.

Michael Schumacher: This is what his friends and companions say about his state of health

Jean Todt in November 2021: Schumacher’s longtime confidant Todt contacted the Mail on Sunday in word. After consulting his diary, he told the sister newspaper the Daily Mailthat he last visited his former protege Ferrari on October 18. But what about Schumi? “Michael is struggling. He’s struggling and we can only hope he gets better,” Todt said.

Jean Todt in October 2019: In an interview with the Italian The Republic The long-time companion and good friend of Michael Schumacher, Jean Todt, spoke about the current state of health of his former protege. However, the former Ferrari racing team boss stressed there were no significant changes. “There is no news other than the fact that Michael is fighting to get better every day,” Todt said.

Luca di Montezemolo in February 2016: “Unfortunately, an accidental fall on skis broke him,” says di Montezemolo on the podium. the Unfortunately, the news he has from Schumacher is not good, underlines the ex-boss of Ferrari. He gave no further details.

Ex-manager Willi Weber in December 2015 at tz: “What do we know? Michael is making progress, but the question is: progress at what level? Michael misunderstood it, I suffered so much from that and I still suffer.” (…) “I find it worrying that you hear nothing from the family and I lack a bit of transparency. You have to say what is, and you can’t hide it forever. Michael was a man known to the public. I don’t think it’s a good thing that people aren’t finally raising awareness. It’s like a game of hide and seek.”

Jean-François Payen in October 2014: “You are on a time scale that ranges from one year to three years“said the head of the anesthesia and resuscitation department of the Grenoble University Hospital, where Schumacher was transported after his skiing accident on December 29, 2013. (lin with material from dpa, SID and tz)

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