- Michael Shumacher was put into a medically induced coma on 29 December, 2013, following a head injury from a skiing accident in the French Alps
- He was initially treated in Switzerland but eventually moved home in September 2014
- Before his accident, Shumacher was World Champion seven times over
Whatever happened to Michael Shumacher? After his accident and medically induced coma his name has all but faded from popular media as his family has provided minimal updates on his condition.
Briefly.co.za learned from various news reports that record-breaking Formula One driver was put into a medically induced coma before undergoing two life-saving operations at Grenoble Hospital straight after his accident.
In April 2014 he was withdrawn from the coma and moved to a hospital for further care in Lausanne, Switzerland, before finally being transferred back to his home in September 2014.
Friday marked exactly four years to the day that he was skiing with his then 14-year-old son before being injured in a terrible skiing accident during which he hit his head on rocks sustaining serious head injuries despite his wearing a helmet at the time.
Schumacher is reportedly continuing rehabilitation from his home on the shores of Lake Geneva. His family are reluctant to release additional information on his condition and last year his agent, Sabine Kehm announced in December 2016: “Michael’s health is not a public issue, and so we will continue to make no comment in that regard.”
Regardless, some of his contemporaries and past competitors from the Formula 1 community decided it was time to mark the anniversary and get the ex-racing legend’s name trending again.
Fernando Alonso got the ball rolling with by retweeting a video memory. Tweets using the hashtag #KeepFightingMichael soon began tranding as tweets paying tribute to the driver were retweeted and shared thousands of times within a short space of time.
Alonso reshared a video from a turkish F1 Twitter feed (above) and wrote "Missing Michael" while Jenson Button retweeted the Spaniard's post with "Special times buddy #KeepFightingMichael" comment.
Felipe Massa who spent years as Schumacher's Ferrari team-mate spoke about how nice Michael had always been to him in an interview with Formula1.com. "Michael was my teacher, he was very nice, very kind to me. He gave a big opportunity to me," he said.
Damon Hill tweeted a reply to the comment about how nice Michael had been to him expressing regret that he never got to know him better.
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