Everything we know about Michael Schumacher 8 years on from devastating injury

Those close to Michael Schumacher still hope he will one day return to a more normal life as he continues his extensive rehabilitation from a serious brain injury.

The seven-time Formula One world champion's life was turned upside down in the blink of an eye in December 2013 when he was involved in a devastating skiing accident.

Schumacher was holidaying in the French Alps when he hit his head on a rock whilst skiing off-piste with son Mick, who was just 14 at the time.

He was quickly airlifted to hospital in Grenoble where he underwent two operations and was placed in an induced coma, with doctors stating he would have died in the accident were it not for his helmet.

Since then it has been a long and arduous road for Schumacher and his family, as he continues to try and battle his way back to full health.

Schumacher – now 52 – spent six months in a coma in a bid to aid his recovery before being transferred to a different medical facility in Lausanne, Switzerland, closer to his home in Geneva.

His manager, Sabine Kehm, hailed his "progress" during those months, but admitted Schumacher's path to recovery still had a long way to go.

It was another 250 days before he was discharged from the hospital in Lausanne, after which he still required round the clock care.

Details of Schumacher's condition have been kept tightly under wraps with only rare updates from close friends who have visited the former F1 superstar.

Jean Todt – who managed Schumacher during his time at Ferrari – is among the few people to have spoken out about his health.

"I saw Michael last week. He is fighting," FIA president Todt said in December last year.

"My god, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.

"But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.

"All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it."

Out of respect for Schumacher's wishes, Todt insisted he would remain "discreet" regarding his condition, but added that since his accident "he has been treated so that he can be able to return to a more normal life."

It was reported last year Schumacher was set to undergo stem cell surgery to try and regenerate his nervous system.

However, it is believed his family put off the procedure, due to be led by pioneering surgeon Dr Philippe Menasche, amid concerns over Schumacher being operated on while the coronavirus pandemic was still rife.

Schumacher is also reported to be suffering from muscle atrophy and osteoporosis due to spending so much time bed bound.

A new film is now set to take a behind-the-scenes look at Schumacher'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 Schumacher's wife Corinna, his father Rolf, son Mick and daughter Gina-Maria.

"The film portrays Michael's impressive career, but also many of the facets of the complex man," 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."

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

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."

Recent reports claim Corinna has now put the family home in Geneva she has lived in with Michael since 2002 up for sale for £5million.

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