Michael Schumacher’s Progress ‘Painfully Slow’—Report

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File photo of Ferrari Formula One Driver Michael Schumacher of Germany Celebrates After Taking the Pole Position at the End of the Qualifying Session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Sakhir Racetrack in Manama
IN PHOTO: Ferrari Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany celebrates after taking the pole position at the end of the qualifying session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Sakhir racetrack in Manama in this March 11, 2006 file picture. Reuters

More than one year after seven-time Formula One, or F1, world champion Michael Schumacher sustained traumatic brain injuries as a result of a catastrophic skiing accident in December 2014, his journey to recovery still faces an uncertain timetable. An insider recently revealed that Schumacher’s progress is stuck in a slow lane.

The F1 racing legend’s family continues to provide complete support for Schumacher’s rehabilitation to improve his chances of having a full recovery. However, a report by UK’s Express newspaper said that there is still “no guarantee” that Schumacher will be able to bounce back to normal life after the accident.

“Progress is painfully slow,” an insider said. “There is no miracle on the horizon.”

Schumacher is currently being nursed and cared for at his Swiss mansion in Lake Geneva, Switzerland. He was brought home to continue his rehabilitation after spending almost two months at a medical facility in Lausanne, Switzerland. According to Express, the cost of Schumacher’s rehabilitation treatment has reportedly blown up to more than $19 million. It has been reported that a total of 15 medical personnel, which includes doctors, nurses, medical aids and therapists, had been chosen to provide assistance to Schumacher as he goes through the rehabilitation phase.

The medical team and Schumacher’s family continues to get in touch with Professor Jean-Francois Payen who operated on the F1 champion’s blood clots following the accident. Professor Payen makes sure that Schumacher’s wife and children are informed about the prognosis on Schumacher’s battle.

Schumacher’s family has long requested the media to stop speculating on Schumacher’s health condition. The management of the German racing ace, who recently celebrated his 46th birthday on Jan. 3, has refuted reports claiming that Schumacher can interact with people and can sit upright again. The previous statements were made by Philippe Streiff, who claimed to be one of Schumacher’s close friends.

Schumacher sustained severe head injuries even though he was wearing a helmet while skiing in the slopes of Meribel back in December 2013. He was on a vacation with his family then. He was put in a medically induced coma for almost six months following the accident. He won his last race at the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix.

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