“He sometimes cries”: What Michael Schumacher’s life looks like now.

 

Five years on from suffering a horrific brain injury while skiing, more details have emerged of Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher’s health condition.

Michael, who is now wheelchair-bound and unable to stand alone, can no longer speak – but day by day, he is reportedly making small progress.

Back in 2015, we learned the father-of-two had began to react to the voices of his wife Corinna and their children Gina Maria and Mick, often shedding a tear when he heard their family’s voices.

But according to a report in French magazine Paris Match, despite being unable to speak, the seven-time world champion is now showing even more emotion.

“When you put him in his wheelchair facing the beautiful panorama of the mountains overlooking the lake, Michael sometimes cries,” an anonymous relative reportedly told Paris Match.

Michael’s rehabilitation currently reportedly involves around 15 people including physiotherapists and doctors, who visit Schumacher at his Switzerland home on Lake Geneva.

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As part of the 49-year-old’s rehabilitation sessions, therapists play the sounds of F1 engines and he also steers a Volkswagen Golf – in the hopes of jogging his memory, which was lost in the accident.

Michael Schumacher and his wife Corinna Schumacher in 2005. Image: Getty.

Michael was also recently able to make some unaided small movements in a rehabilitation pool.

Michael, who is known as a very competent skiier, was skiing with son Mick on a slope between an intermediate and a beginner-level run when he hit a partially covered rock.

Although he had not been skiing very fast at the time, Michael lost control and was thrown over 10 metres onto another rock where he hit his head.

Following the accident, he was placed in a medically induced coma for six months.

Michael's 19-year-old son Mick is now following in his father's footsteps as a professional racing driver.

"My dad had a huge influence on my career," he told the BBC.

"He was my idol and I am following everything he did and see if I can use it myself and I am really happy with that."

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