Michael Schumacher’s wife gave a rare update on the driver’s condition in a never-before-seen letter penned after his horrifying skiing accident.
Corinna Schumacher, 49, who has been married to the driving legend for 23 years, described her husband as ‘a fighter’ who ‘will not give up’ in the heart-felt note.
She wrote it to German musician Sascha Herchenbach after he composed a hymn called ‘Born To Fight’ in honour of Schumacher and sent her a CD of the song.
Michael Schumacher’s wife Corinna (together left in 2012, and alone right in 2015) gave a rare update on the driver’s condition in a letter penned after his skiing accident
In the letter Corinna, who has been married to Schumacher for 23 years (pictured in 2003) called her husband ‘a fighter’ who ‘will not give up’
Herchenbach said he never expected to receive a response, but got a handwritten letter in return.
In it, Corinna wrote: ‘I would like to sincerely thank you for your message and nice gift that will help us through this difficult time.
‘It is good to receive so many kind wishes and other well-intentioned words – which is a great support for our family.
‘We all know Michael is a fighter and will not give up.’
Herchenbach revealed the existence of the letter and its contents in an interview with German magazine
He said: ‘I had not expected to get an answer and was overwhelmed. The letter was handwritten and signed by Corinna on her stationery.
‘She wrote that she was very thankful for the gift and helped her and her family over this difficult time.’
It is not known exactly when the letter was written, but Herchenbach wrote his song in December 2014, a year after Schumacher’s accident.
The seven-time Formula One World Champion fell while skiing with son Mick in Meribel in the French Alps on December 29, 2013.
Schumacher hit the right side of his head on a rock, splitting open his helmet.
He was rushed to hospital where he underwent several life-saving surgeries and spent the next six months in a coma.
Schumacher suffered a severe head injury during a skiing accident in 2013 and spent months in a coma. He has been cared for at home by a team of medics ever since (pictured 2005)
Schumacher won 91 races in his Formula 1 career and was world champion seven times, making him one of the greatest drivers to have ever lived
In April 2014 he woke up and was taken from the hospital in Grenoble to a private location, believed to be his house near Lake Geneva, where he is being cared for.
It is thought that Michael is being tended to by a team of 15 physicians who provide round-the-clock care at a cost of £115,000-per-week.
At the time of his release from hospital, Corinna issued a statement asking for support in ‘our joint fight alongside Michael’, but said she would not be speaking further and asked for privacy.
It is thought that the contents of the letter are her first statement on Michael’s condition to be published since then.
Corinna married Michael in 1995 after the pair met at a Ferrari party.
All accounts of their marriage report a couple who were deeply in love, rarely argued, and accepted each other for who they were.
Corinna made few public appearances except to support her husband – either at the race track or at ceremonies – and left him free to pursue his passion for racing.
Meanwhile, Schumacher supported her passion for horse riding, buying her a ranch in Texas where she could raise horses. Corinna was also a European champion in ‘reining’, or Western-style riding.
Corinna married Michael in 1995 after the pair met at a Ferrari party and has been at his side ever since, including after he was injured
The pair have two children – Gina Marie, who follows in Corinna’s footsteps as a rider, and Mick, who races Formula 3.
Mick, 19, won the European Formula Three title at Hockenheim in October with a race to spare. It also qualified him to race in Formula One next season, although there are few vacant seats available and the next obvious step would be Formula Two.
Michael’s manager Sabine Kehm typically issues statements to the press, while his lawyers speak on his behalf in court.
Just days before the existence of the letter was revealed, Kehm spoke out as a new poster was released to raise money for the Keep Fighting Foundation, which Schumacher founded.
‘This is a stunning way to celebrate Michael’s iconic career and by the way a very beautiful poster,’ Kehm said.
Keep fighting was chosen as the name of the foundation because it formed the bedrock of the driver’s personal philosophy, and was a quote he often repeated.
‘I’ve always believed that you should never, ever give up and you should always keep fighting even when there’s only a slightest chance,’ he said in 2007.
In March, Kehm said that the family appreciated fans’ ’empathy’ and their understanding that they want the F1 legend’s state of health to remain a private matter.
‘What can be said is that the family really appreciates the empathy of the fans,’ Ms Kehm said. ‘The people really do see and understand (his health situation) is not to be shared in the public eye.’
This followed a statement in December 2016 in which Kehm outlined the family’s stance.
‘Michael’s health is not a public issue, and so we will continue to make no comment in that regard,’ Kehm said at the time.
‘Legally seen and in the longer term, every statement related to his health would diminish the extent of his intimate sphere.’