STREIFF: SCHUMACHER IN WHEELCHAIR, CAN’T SPEAK, HAS MEMORY PROBLEMS
In the wake of good news regarding Jules Bianchi, it has emerged that Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher recuperating at home in Switzerland, is paralysed and in a wheelchair, according to former racing driver Philippe Streiff.
Frenchman Streiff, who is a good friend of Schumacher’s, revealed to The Telegraph: “He is getting better but everything is relative. It’s very difficult. He can’t speak. Like me, he is in a wheelchair paralysed.”
“He has memory problems and speech problems,” added 59 year old Streiff, who visited Schumacher when the German was in intensive care in Grenoble Hospital.”
The Telegraph reports that, “Schumacher’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said Streiff’s comments were his opinions and she therefore did not want to comment.”
She added: “He [Streiff] did not have contact with us.”
Information on Schumacher’s condition and recovery has been scarce since the holiday skiing accident on 29 December 2013 in the French Alps, although his website has been relaunched acommemorating his life and huge achievements in Formula 1.
Schumacher was transferred to Lausanne Hospital, Switzerland, in June and is now being cared for at his home on the shores of Lake Geneva by a team of specialists.
In 1989 Streiff suffered crash during F1 preseason testing which left him a quadriplegic and thus using a wheelchair.