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Michael Schumacher’s 25-year marriage after head injury changed their lives

Michael Schumacher and his wife Corinna will celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary in August.

She’s stood faithfully by his side after he suffered life-changing head injuries in a skiing accident that left him in a medically induced coma.

Seven years on from the day the Formula 1 legend was released from hospital in Grenoble, Corinna is as devoted to him as ever, reports the Irish Mirror.

Michael, now 52, suffered terrible injuries in December 2013 while skiing off-piste in the French Alps with his son Mick, who was 14 at the time.

He hit his head on a rock and was air-lifted to hospital where he had two surgeries and was put into an induced coma for six months in a bid to reduce the swelling on his brain.

Michael and Corinna

The racing driver was eventually moved to another hospital after coming out of his coma in 2014 – 250 days later – and was eventually allowed to go back to his home in Lake Geneva.

Corinna married Michael in 1995, and has had to adapt her life many times thanks to his fast-paced career as a seven-time world champion.

His 2013 accident, and the months of trauma that left doctors unsure whether he would ever regain consciousness, turned her from a wife into the principal executor of her husband’s vast fortune and estate, including his varied business interests.

Horseriding champion Corinna has juggled that responsibility ever since, while overseeing her husband’s medical care.

Their mansion in the Swiss town of Gland, on the shores of Lake Geneva, was adapted shortly after Schumacher’s accident to help accommodate his care needs, with Corinna overseeing renovations to ensure her husband could return from hospital.

“When it became clear that the old Schumi perhaps never would return, Corinna had to accept her new life. She had to act,” the German magazine Bunte reported in 2015.

“She took over the job, and the power, of her husband as an act of succession. Corinna underwent a remarkable transformation – from his wife to the clan chief, a lady who trained as a sales clerk to the manager of a multi-millions company.”

She also took the decision to sell off Schumacher’s €30million private jet and their holiday home in Norway in 2015, having realised they were unlikely to ever use them again.

Corinna also considered selling the family’s ski chalet in the French resort of Meribel – near to where Michael’s horrific accident happened.

They'll mark 26 years of marriage in August
They’ll mark 26 years of marriage in August

The couple pictured in 2012, before Michael's accident
The couple pictured in 2012, before Michael’s accident

According to Corinna, updates on the F1 star’s condition have been few and far between at her husband’s own request.

But there has been confirmation that Michael is still receiving treatment in the hope that he can one day return to a more normal life.

A new film is now set to take a behind-the-scenes look at Michael’s life and career, with the blessing of his family.

The documentary, created by German filmmakers Michael Wech and Hanns-Bruno Kammertons, will include contributions from Corinna, his father Rolf, son Mick and daughter Gina-Maria.

The couple in 2006
The couple in 2006

“The film portrays Michael’s impressive career, but also many of the facets of the complex man,” Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm said.

“The merciless and daring Formula 1 driver, the ambitious athlete, the accomplished mechanic with a unique technical flair, the reliable team player and loving family man.”

Michael’s legacy behind the wheel is now being continued by Mick, who is in his debut F1 season with Haas.

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He is sharing the track with Lewis Hamilton – the man trying to land his eighth world title and beat the record he shares with Schumacher.

Discussing following in his dad’s footsteps, Mick told Bild : “I’m OK with that; all the questions and comparisons with my father do not bother me.

“For me, he is the all-time best in this sport, to which he has given his all. I don’t see why I should disregard that.”


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