Michael Schumacher is making good progress after the skiing accident a year ago that left him in a coma. According to reports he is able to recognise his family and friends.
Michael Schumacher is making good progress
after the skiing accident a year ago that left him in a coma. According
to reports he is able to recognise his family and friends.

Michael Schumacher has started to recognise family members, according to a family friend.
Philippe
Streiff, another former F1 driver, told French media that Schumacher
‘has yet to recover the power of speech’ but is ‘nevertheless starting
to recognise those close to him’.
Schumacher, 45, suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident in Meribel in the French Alps one year ago today.
The former Formula One ace emerged from an induced coma in June, and left hospital in September.
In
an interview with Le Parisien, Streiff said he had learned of
Schumacher’s progress from his wife, Corinna, and his surgeon, Gerard
Saillant.
Streiff, claiming to be a ‘family friend’, said
Schumacher, had ‘very limited’ movement but was working on sitting
upright, and that ‘long term…

he could hope one day to walk with crutches.’
However,
Schumacher’s manager has disputed the comments, saying Schumacher faces a
‘long fight’ for recovery, and that Streiff is not a family friend.
‘We need a long time. It’s going to be a long time and a hard fight,’ Sabine Kehm said.
‘He is making progress appropriate to the severity of the situation,’ she added, reiterating a statement she made a month ago.
Ms
Kehm said Streiff was not a close friend of Schumacher and that his
claims to have had contact with the two people named were ‘factually
wrong’.
‘I cannot confirm that (report),’ she said. ‘I can only
confirm that I do not know where Mr Streiff has his information from
because he has no contact with us and he never has.’
Kehm was
forced to make similar denials last month, when Streiff, who is himself
wheelchair-bound since following a crash in 1989, commented on
Schumacher’s health.
Speaking on French Radio, Streiff said:
‘It’s very difficult. He can’t speak. Like me, he is in a wheelchair
paralysed. He has memory problems and speech problems.’
Streiff, 59, was seen visiting Schumacher when the German was in intensive care in Grenoble Hospital, France.
Schumacher,
a very competent skier, was holidaying with family and friends in
Meribel, where he owns a chalet, on December 29, 2013.
He was skiing with his 14-year-old son on a red piste, which is classed for intermediate skiers.
But
shortly after 11am he left the piste and skied on to an off-piste area
located in between the red run and a blue run, for beginners to
intermediates.
It was here that he struck a partially-covered
rock. He was not skiing fast but he lost control and catapulted 34 feet
on to another rock, severely injuring his head.
After spending
several months in a medically induced coma, Schumacher was transferred
to Lausanne Hospital, Switzerland, in June and he is now being cared for
at his home on the shores of Lake Geneva.