Corinna Schumacher: Please leave our family in peace

Corinna Schumacher arrives at the Grenoble Hospital

Corinna Schumacher arrives at the Grenoble Hospital

Michael Schumacher’s wife appealed to the media on Tuesday to leave the French hospital they have staked out since the German was critically injured in a skiing accident nine days ago and to let the doctors do their job.

Corinna Schumacher also asked the media to leave her family in peace after German reports said on Monday there had been a slight improvement in the former driver’s condition, hours after Grenoble hospital had issued a bulletin saying he was still stable, but critical.

“Please support us in our joint struggle with Michael,” Corinna said in a statement. “It is important to me that you relieve the doctors and the hospital so [that] they can work in peace.

“Please trust their statements and leave the hospital. Please also leave our family in peace.”

They were Corinna’s first public comments since a 30 December statement in which she thanked the medical team for their efforts and expressed gratitude to fans around the world for their outpouring of support.

Sabine Kehm surrounded by media

Sabine Kehm surrounded by media

Schumacher, a seven-time Formula 1 World Champion, suffered brain injuries when his head hit a rock in France on Dec. 27.

He has been in an induced coma since then and has undergone two operations in Grenoble.

The hospital and the German’s management have repeatedly asked the media to respect his privacy.

The medical team have held news conferences and issued periodic bulletins on his condition including one on Monday that said: “The clinical state of Michael Schumacher is that he is stable, as he is under permanent care and treatment.

“However, the medical team in charge stresses that it continues to assess his situation as critical.”

Bild, Germany’s best-selling newspaper, reported on Tuesday under the headline ‘First hopes for Schumi’ that the former driver nearly died twice last week.

Journalists from a German TV channel broadcast outside the entrance of the Grenoble hospital

Journalists from a German TV channel broadcast outside the entrance of the Grenoble hospital

It added that doctors are now more optimistic that he will survive.

“Twice in the last week it looked like Schumi would lose the fight for his life,” Bild wrote.

“The brain scan on Friday was ‘catastrophic’, Bild has learned from medical sources. But after the readings stabilised towards the weekend the doctors are now confident that he will make it.”

Last week Schumacher’s agent Sabine Kehm urged journalists to stay away after security guards reported that they intercepted a reporter who was trying to get into his room, disguised as a priest .

Schumacher, who turned 45 on Friday, is the most successful F1 driver of all time, with 91 race victories.

He left the sport last year after a disappointing three-year comeback with Mercedes following an earlier retirement from Ferrari at the end of 2006.

French newspaper Le Dauphine Libere reported on Tuesday that the camera which Schumacher had on his skiing helmet was recording when he crashed.

The newspaper said that investigators had footage which will be useful to understand the circumstances of the accident. The prosecutor in Annecy is due to hold a news conference on Wednesday. (Reuters)

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  • Spartacus

    It’s a fair request. Let the hospital do their work, not just for Schumacher but for all the other patients that need their expertise.

    Wishing Schumacher to get well quickly.

  • haha

    Yes and also for the other patients and their families, they must have had enough by now too. Also the staff and doctors.

  • the fan

    typical request by a family member but i think it wont stop the media coverage or them holding vigil at the hospital. these people make their living doing this kind of work. thats the bad thing.

    wishing for Michael’s quick and complete recovery

  • McLarenfan

    Who can blame Corinna, the love of her life is in that hospital bed and the doctors are trying to work with the media, some who are good and genuine and some who are lower than sewer rats, disrupting the hard working care givers. The family and top medical people have said as and when there is news they will let us know and we know that they will as soon as they can but with all the disruption in the car parks these things can cost lives as they are trying to get other patients in for tretment.

  • matthew

    I want to know who the reporter that tried to get in disguised as a priest is!

  • Zombie Jebus

    So terrible for her and the family. She’s made several pleas for privacy which only fell on deaf ears. Where’s all the trolls from last week when I said Ferrari were out of line to ignore her and have a media event at the hospital on Schumi’s birthday?

    She’s now oublicly asked three times… I wonder how Ferrari will pervert her requests to keep their name in the story.

  • Tamburello_1994

    In the first few days I can understand the crush of reporters at the hospital, But now that we enter this new phase of the Michael situation it would be a nice gesture by the press to back off a bit and let the rest of this play out in peace. It may be a bit unrealistic to expect the press to disappear entirely but going to a reporter pool feed maybe better for all involved.

    Go cover Angela Merkel. See if she’s O.K. :)

    I have also voiced my disgust about the jag-bag who tried to get to MSC via dressing up as clergy. Has anyone heard anything about this fool? If he’s gotten his ass beat yet? He should be force to do some sort of public service at the very least.

  • Red Horizon

    @Zombie Jebus
    Michael’s family is asking ONLY TO REPORTERS to go away from there, because of their intrusiveness in and out the hospital with their cameras and microphones, do you understand it or not? Ferrari fans went there, out of the hospital, VOLUNTARILY and only ONE DAY, without any connection with the journalists, and didn’t give absolutely ANY discomfort to the family of Michael, who also thanked them for being there. Go read their statement of thanks to the fans. They haven’t advertised anyone, and it’s ridiculous and offensive think that Ferrari needed to advertise in that day. Given that Ferrari don’t have such any need. Can you understand that? If you can’t is because perhaps you’re in bad faith. And the fact that you insist in this way shows only that you are a little boy not very much clever.

  • Red Horizon

    Read this article from
    Schumacher family: Birthday vigil utterly overwhemed us and moved us all to tears

  • Zombie Jebus

    @ Red Horizon: PR and Media Spin and a disgusting media day for Ferrari and tifosi, nothing more, doofus. I really feel bad for all the other patients and their families and employees that had and have to deal with that circus.

    What else was she going to say BTW? Fcuk off? Oh right she did, politely, and was promptly ignored by Ferrari and Ferrari “fans”, and now she’s repeated herself for the thrid time and there are still tons of a’holes at Grenoble and their chalat… bunch of low-life vultures.

    But hey, you have all the answers, lol, so I’m not telling you anything you don’t know. 😉 😛

  • Red Horizon

    “But hey, you have all the answers, lol, so I’m not telling you anything you don’t know.” This may be fine for you too. However, your case tells me something I already knew: for someone the hatred for Ferrari is a clinical pathology. One is sick and doesn’t know it.
    Best wishes.

  • Wishing Serenity

    Why don’t all you in the media do what she says and just STOP! Would YOU want cameras and microphones shoved in YOUR face while YOUR spouse fight’s for their life??? What you all are doing is just like sticking a knife in and continuously twisting it, torturing them further! Back off, ALL OF YOU, and leave them alone!