Michael Schumacher 'was conscious' after tragic skiing accident as new details provided

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Michael Schumacher suffered serious injuries while skiing in the French Alps back in 2013

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 11/12/2023

- 11:31

The 54-year-old has lived away from the spotlight over the past decade

Michael Schumacher was reportedly conscious in the immediate aftermath of his skiing accident back in December 2013.

The F1 icon was on holiday in the French Alps with his family when he went off course and struck his head on a rock.

Schumacher later returned home after being placed in a medically induced coma.

However, his condition remains unknown with the German's family preferring to keep details under wraps.

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Michael Schumacher hasn't been seen in public since his skiing accident in 2013


Skiing instructor Andre was among those first at the scene of the tragic accident 10 years ago.

Speaking to German journalist Jens Gideon for ARD, he says Schumacher was initially conscious and didn't appear to be in severe danger.

However, he then drastically deteriorated while the helicopter transporting Schumacher was on the way to a hospital in Moutiers.

It's claimed the F1 icon lost consciousness and the decision was then made to fly him to a more specialised hospital in Grenoble.

Schumacher was wearing a camera while skiing that day, meaning the whole ordeal was filmed.

And Andre says the helmet Schumacher sported that day was 'crushed', with the camera still intact.

A new Schumacher documentary will air later this month exploring his rise from go-karting star to one of the best drivers in F1 history.

It is currently unclear to what extent they'll delve into the 54-year-old and his condition today, however.

One person who is close to the Schumacher family is former Ferrari boss Jean Todt.

Todt has told Spanish publication La Stampa that he still considers Schumacher to be his friend, despite the difficulties over the past decade.

“Michael is a friend, I consider him part of my family,” Todt told La Stampa.

“I go to see him regularly, in the past we have followed Grand Prix races on TV.

“But the question “how is he?” doesn't find an answer, because maybe he doesn't have one.

“It's a private matter.

"The only thing I'll say is that I adore Michael, I adore his family and it's right to respect their privacy."

Speaking to Netflix in 2021, Schumacher's wife Corinna said her husband was 'here' but 'different'.

"Michael is here. Different, but he's here, and that gives us strength, I find," she said.

"He still shows me how strong he is every day.

"We live together at home. We do therapy.

"We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make sure he's comfortable. And to simply make him feel our family, our bond.


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"And no matter what, I will do everything I can. We all will.

"We're trying to carry on as a family, the way Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives.

"'Private is private', as he always said.

"It's very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible.

"Michael always protected us, and now we are protecting Michael."

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