Wife’s quest to save Schumacher

21st September 2017 12:46 PM
Schumacher with wife Corinna.Source:Supplied
Schumacher with wife Corinna.Source:Supplied

F1 STAR Michael Schumacher could be flown to the US for state-of-the-art medical treatment, according to Swedish news reports.

The sporting legend suffered a horrific brain injury in a ski accident in December 2013, from which he is yet to recover, The Sun reports.

Now the 48-year-old might be flown from his home in Switzerland to a brain trauma centre in Texas in the US after his wife Corinna "decided to try new care", according to Swedish newspaper Expressen and German magazine Bravo.

A brain injury specialist named Dr Mark Meeks could be a "new hope" for the driving legend.

Expressen quotes Meeks as saying: "We have extensive experience with trauma patients.

"There is probably no clinic in Europe that handles as many cases as we do."

Tragedy struck when Schumacher smashed his head on a rock while skiing in the French Alps. He was placed into a medically induced coma and regained consciousness in June the following year.

In September 2014 he was moved to the medial centre at his family home where he reportedly remains paralysed - although no official details of his current condition have been confirmed.

Last year Schumacher's team was forced to deny claims made in a German magazine he was now able to walk with the aid of therapists.

The sporting icon reportedly receives $195,000-a-week care at a special medical facility at his Lake Geneva home, but exact details about Schumacher's condition have not been made public.

His manager Sabine Kehm responded to Motorsport Magazine's request for a comment on the latest story, saying: "Michael's health is not a public issue, and therefore we will not comment on it."

The German's recovery has been shrouded in secrecy - but one picture of Schumacher in treatment smuggled out of his care centre was reportedly shopped around to European media outlets for $1.7 million.

The image - which was secretly taken - was reportedly smuggled out of his home by a money-hungry friend.

The prosecutor's office in Offenburg, near the French-German border, said "an unknown person" had taken "secret" snaps and was offering them for "high amounts of money". It is reported the picture showed Schumacher lying in bed at his home in Geneva.

Schumacher is the most successful driver in the history of F1, winning five championships with Ferrari and two with Benetton.