GRENOBLE, France - Michael Schumacher's wife has called on reporters to stay away
from the French hospital where he is being treated for life-threatening
injuries from a skiing accident, and to leave their family alone.
'EXCUSE ME, PLEASE!' Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna arrives a his hospital in France - she wants the media to stay away. Image: AFP
'LEAVE OUR FAMILY IN PEACE'
support our shared fight with Michael. It is important to me that you
take the pressure off the doctors and the hospital so they can do their
work," Corinna Schumacher said in a statement addressed "to the media".
have faith in their statements and leave the hospital. Please also
leave our family in peace," the wife of the Formula 1 legend said.
former German champion remains in a medically induced coma since the
accident on December 29 in the French ski resort of Meribel, where he
owns a chalet.
Schumacher's fall has generated massive media
interest, with his hospital in the French city of Grenoble under siege
by reporters and photographers.
A source close to Schumacher said
Monday he had seen a "slight improvement", after doctors said he was
still in a stable but critical condition.
Following a flurry of
media speculation about Schumacher's condition, the team treating him
said they would give no details of the care the 45-year-old is receiving
in order to protect his right to privacy.
The German Federation
of Journalists (DJV) echoed Corinna Schumacher's plea in its own
statement, urging reporters to use restraint while covering the
DJV chairman Michael Konken noted that the
German journalists' code of conduct requires "respect for the suffering
of victims and the feelings of loved ones".
"That also applies when the victim is famous," he said.
called on media outlets to respect Corinna Schumacher's call to quit
the hospital and respect the family's privacy, saying he was confident
the doctors and Schumacher's management would provide timely updates on
But he defended the volume of coverage devoted to the accident.
Schumacher is, due to his Formula One successes, extraordinarily
famous. Many people fear for his life after his skiing accident. Media
must report on that," he said.