Michael Schumacher’s wife, Corinna, has led the effort to ensure the Formula One driver’s wish for privacy is met as he continues to recover from his skiing accident that occurred a decade ago.
According to a family friend, Eddie Jordan, Corinna’s struggle for privacy has left her feeling «like a prisoner.»
Schumacher has not been seen in public since 2013, when he suffered a severe brain injury during a skiing accident in Switzerland.
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The German runner was put into a medically induced coma before being taken to the family’s home on Lake Geneva.
Corinna is believed to be Schumacher’s main carer, although she is receiving assistance from a medical team.
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Jordan previously owned a motorsports team and told sports betting website OLBG that he was not allowed to visit Schumacher in an effort to «safeguard» the injured driver.
«This was the most horrible situation for [Schumacher’s son] Mick and Corinna,» Jordan said.
“It’s been almost 10 years and Corinna hasn’t been able to go to a party or lunch or this or that, she’s like a prisoner because everyone would want to tell her about Michael when she doesn’t need to be reminded every day. minute.»
According to Jordan, anyone who wants to visit Schumacher must abide by the rules that Corinna has set.
«I know her very well and long before Michael Schumacher,» Jordan said. «She’s a lovely girl and I met her when she married Michael, so there’s a long history of good relationships.»
«I made an effort to go see Michael in the early days, and Corinna refused, and rightly so, because too many people wanted to go see him.»
In the Netflix documentary «Schumacher,» Corinna broke down in tears when she began to talk about her husband’s condition.
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«Michael is here,» he said. «Different, but he’s here, and I think that gives us strength. We’re together. We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to get Michael better and make sure he’s comfortable; and just make him feel like we’re family, our bond.»
«And whatever happens, I’ll do everything I can. We all will. We’re trying to carry on as a family, the way Michael liked and still does. And we get on with our lives.»
Former Ferrari chief executive Jean Todt said in May 2021 that he visits Schumacher every two months. He told German publication Bild that the care of the seven-time Formula One world champion is «in the best hands».
Corinna and her daughter, Gina, received the North Rhine-Westphalia State Prize in Cologne on Schumacher’s behalf, and Todt was there supporting him.
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Schumacher won five consecutive world titles between 2000 and 2004. He is widely considered one of the greatest drivers of all time. His son, Mick, is a reserve driver for Mercedes after his stint at Haas F1 came to an end.