Schumacher goes home

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If you were looking for encouraging news regarding Michael Schumacher’s condition then perhaps today’s statement from his management might fit the bill:

“Henceforth, Michael’s rehabilitation will take place at his home,” said an official statement.

“Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months.

“There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead.

“We would like extend our gratitude to the entire team at CHUV Lausanne for their thorough and competent work.

“We ask that the privacy of Michael’s family continue to be respected, and that speculations about his state of health are avoided.”

It has been since December 29th of 2013 since Michael has been in hospital, first in Grenoble and later in Lausanne Switzerland. Rehabilitation will continue at his residence.

I am very familiar with this type of head injury, as I’ve stated in the past, having lost my father who suffered two brain aneurisms and I can tell you that recovery is very, very slow and sometimes not complete. It certainly wasn’t in our case.

Loss of mobility, speech, memory and a host of other complications can arise. I think the statement is very well measured in suggesting that we should not read into this situation too much either way. Schumacher’s recovery will take a long time and may never return the champion to his former health.

In particular, spare a thought for his wife and children. I was 17-years-old when my father experienced his first aneurism and I can tell you that it is scary and the father you had becomes a shadow of the man you knew. That’s not easy for his children nor his wife and they need all the support we can give them at this time.

As time has gone by, the extent of the damage is being revealed and the prognosis the family are receiving can range from encouraging to preparedness for worse-case scenarios. It is an emotionally challenging time so let’s hope for the very best and that this news means that recovery is showing more positive signs than negative.

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