Conflicting statements surround F1 champ Schumacher’s 'recovery'

Statements this week by a former Ferrari chairman have raised hopes that racing driver Michael Schumacher is responding to treatment and can recover from his brain injuries‚ according to international reports.

The had been fears that Schumacher’s condition had worsened recently following conflicting reports on his state of recovery from the skiing accident he suffered in the French Alps in 2013.

The German Formula One superstar’s condition has been shrouded in mystery as he has received specialist medical care at his home on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland since September 2014.

Schumacher spent the first six months in a coma after the accident in the ski resort of Meribel.

However‚ former Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said this week that he believes seven-time F1 champion Schumacher can recover.

“I’m very pleased to know that he is reacting‚” Di Montezemolo told Ecumenical News.

“I know how strong he is. I’m sure that‚ thanks to his determination‚ which will be crucial‚ he will come out from this very‚ very difficult situation.”

The Telegraph’s Barney Henderson wrote this week: “Ever since the skiing accident happened‚ there has been much speculation about Schumacher’s condition‚ with many reports being rebutted by [Schumacher’s manager‚ Sabine Kehm] Kehm.

“She accused Bunte magazine of raising ‘false hopes’ shortly before Christmas when it claimed the Formula One star was walking again.

“According to earlier reports‚ he is paralysed and confined to a wheelchair‚ has memory problems and cannot speak.

“Nearly two years after the accident‚ FIA president and close friend Jean Todt said Schumacher was ‘still fighting’ in his recovery.” – TMG Sport