Report: F1 champion Schumacher may return home by end of summer
JUL 25, 2014 2:51p ET
Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher may return home by the end of the summer, according to reports.
The 45-year-old German is currently in a rehabilitation ward in Lausanne, Switzerland and has reportedly been communicating with his family via fluttering his eyelashes, reports UK's Mirror.
Schumacher spent several months in a coma at the Grenoble Hospital in France after suffering a near-fatal skiing accident in the French Alps on Dec. 29, 2013.
Now, however, his wife Corinna recently assured his fans that the worst is behind them:
“The German Grand Prix gives me the perfect opportunity to cordially thank you for all your good wishes and positive energies you keep sending Michael," she wrote.
“I have to say your sympathy blew us all away! Good to know that together we made it through the hardest time!”
Corinna Schumacher has reportedly set up a medical center at their house in preparation for Michael’s return. She is also in the process of selling Michael’s unused private jet, reports Germany’s Bild newspaper. After purchasing the plane for EUR 25 million ($33.6M USD), Corinna is asking for EUR 20 million ($26.8M USD).
The doctors at the University Hospital Lausanne are hopeful that Schumacher will be able to use a mouth-controlled electronic wheelchair within a few weeks.
Meanwhile, British Formula 1 World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have made public their thoughts on Michael in recent heartwarming letters of support.
“Dear Michael,” wrote Hamilton, “You are always in my prayers. Prayers of hope that you pull through this difficult time. You have already achieved so much, given so much.
“May God watch over you and show you the way back to your family, fans and friends.”
“When I think of Michael Schumacher I think of two things,” wrote Button.
“The first is of one my earliest memories of being in Formula One driving out of the pitlane in Melbourne and seeing Micahel’s red Ferrari ahead of me scattering the leaves as he drove beneath the trees at the approach to turn three. Even in 2000 he was already a legend.
“The second thing I think about is that familiar red car sneaking about in my mirrors. Michael was such a formidable racer relentlessly competitive – Always There.”