The relentless media interest in Michael Schumacher’s condition has finally reached breaking point for the seven-time World Champion’s family.
His wife Corinna demanding that the press leaves the grounds of the Grenoble hospital where he is being treated for serious head injuries sustained in a skiing accident.
Schumacher remains in a medically induced coma, with his condition remaining critical but stable following two rounds of surgery to reduce intercranial bleeding and swelling after he fell and hit his head on rocks, splitting his ski helmet in two.
With his condition remaining unchanged, his treating hospital and immediate management have reduced the number of updates regarding his condition, which have led to certain sections of the press – including a number of supposedly reputable outlets – reporting unsourced and unsubstantiated claims about his progress.
Journalists have continued to pester the hospital for further updates, while one was even reported to have tried to gain entry to Schumacher’s ICU ward, disguising himself as a priest.
It’s hardly a surprise that the family has had enough, leading Corinna – who has shied from the media spotlight for years – to issue a statement demanding the press backs off.
“Please support us in our common fight with Michael. It is important to me that you leave the doctors and the hospital so that they can work in peace,” she wrote in a statement.
“I ask you to trust their statements and leave the clinic. Please leave our family in peace.”