Schumi: 'Has speech, memory problems'

2014-11-20 14:12

LAKE GENEVA, Switzerland - Earlier today Wheels24 reported that seriously-injured Marussia Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi's progress was out of his induced coma and back home in France; now there is ffurther news of Michael Schumacher's condition.

Schumacher is being nursed at his home on the shore of Lake Geneva. According to a report in the UK's Guardian newspaper, former F1 driver Philippe Streiff says his friend Schumacher is paralysed, in a wheelchair and has memory and speech problems from the brain damage he sustained in a skiing accident a year earlier.

Streiff has been in a wheelchair since a crash in 1989.

Wheels24 reported on Schumacher’s December 2013 incident when he suffered head injuries during a skiing incident and was placed in an induced coma by doctors.


Schumacher was taken home in September 2014 but Streiff told a French radio that the seven-times F1 champion’s condition “remained grave”.

Streiff was quoted as saying: “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.”

The Guardian was told by a spokesperson for Schumacher that Streiff’s comments were “his opinions”

The report also quoted a doctor, Jean-Francois Payen who has been treating Schumacher, as saying in October that he could need years to recover.

Payen said (as wheels24 also reported at the time): “I have noticed some progress but I would say we will have to give him time. We are in a time-scale of one to three years, so you need patience.”

Read the Guardian story here.


  • Johan Kotze - 2014-11-20 20:52

    Great loss to motor sport and the world. I pray that he recovers fully.

      Fredster69 - 2014-11-21 09:43

      Again, for the atheists, it is about what they have to say, and not about the other person. God Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit Atheist Trinity: Me, myself and I Really hope you meet Jesus one day

      Fredster69 - 2014-11-21 10:08

      Really hope you meet Jesus one day

      Fredster69 - 2014-11-21 10:37

      I have stopped counting how many times I had this question asked by mockers. Fact is religion is a "head" thing while Christianity is a "heart" issue. Go on your knees and ask Jesus to forgive you, and accept Him as your Savior. It has to be genuine coming from your heart, otherwise it is pointless

      Mozzie Fernandes - 2014-11-21 11:50

      @ atheist, burn baby burn.

      Mozzie Fernandes - 2014-11-21 13:21

      @ atheist no pal I am not dumb, in fact I probably have more education than what you will ever have, fact is since I became a Christian my life has changed, and I know you wont believe it, but at the end of the day that is your problem, but if I believe In God, then leave me be, but I will pray for you.

      Evan Linley - 2014-11-21 13:29

      Agree 100% with you, Johan..

      Mozzie Fernandes - 2014-11-21 14:08

      Gee atheist, you have a serious problem, I wonder what rubbish books you have read. What makes you think that those people you mentioned that are going to hell are in fact going there, who made you God!!!

      Frikkie Taljaart - 2014-11-22 07:55

      0h shut up godfree, this is an article regarding a sporting legend, not some forum to spew your atheist crap.

  • Victor Ndabenhle Mkhaliphi - 2014-11-20 21:22

    I wish you well Schumi. What a tough time for you and all your loved ones, but I trust you will pull through.

      Helen Jones - 2014-11-21 10:00

      Sorry to say , he will never recover fully, thats it

      Evan Linley - 2014-11-21 13:26

      Helen, are you a medical professional?

      Helen Jones - 2014-11-21 14:12

      @ Evan, actually yes I am, have looked after countless brain damaged patients in ICU and have never seen one recover from such a devastating injury, thats just how it is

  • mark.heath.3388 - 2014-11-21 12:42

    It's a sad thing to say but they should have just let him go, I don't see him ever recovering from this.

      Evan Linley - 2014-11-21 13:24

      The choice was his wife's, not yours...what a stupid comment..

      Helen Jones - 2014-11-21 14:14

      @ Mark, the problem is once you start the emergency treatment, you can't stop, and ICU is a double edged sword, you get kept alive at all costs and its not always the best thing

      Helen Jones - 2014-11-21 14:57

      @Mark, the sad thing is, no one realises what lies ahead, once in hospital and all the operations get going, its easy for the family to get sucked up into all the hope, often they think a MONITOR is LIFE SUPPORT, it then starts a vicious circle and goes on for months, years and it becomes a form of torture for the family, never mind the poor patient who can't speak and doesn't want to be kept alive like a cabbage, I am speaking from years of experience, they are putting it nicely when they say "speech and memory problems"

  • Sandra Perrins - 2014-12-28 17:28

    Just keep fighting Micheal as hard as it seems it can only improve.Our thoughts and good wishes are with you and your family 1 yr down the line. Keep going you are and always will be the best driver in Formula 1.All the best for 2015 .

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