Leave family in peace, Schumacher's wife tells media

Tue Jan 7, 2014 6:46am EST
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By Erik Kirschbaum

BERLIN (Reuters) - Michael Schumacher's wife appealed to the media on Tuesday to leave the French hospital they have staked out since the German was critically injured in a skiing accident nine days ago and to let the doctors do their job.

Corinna Schumacher also asked the media to leave her family in peace after German reports said on Monday there had been a slight improvement in the former driver's condition, hours after Grenoble hospital had issued a bulletin saying he was still stable but critical.

"Please support us in our joint struggle with Michael," Corinna said in a statement. "It is important to me that you relieve the doctors and the hospital so they can work in peace.

"Please trust their statements and leave the hospital. Please also leave our family in peace."

They were Corinna's first public comments since a December 30 statement in which she thanked the medical team for their efforts and expressed gratitude to fans around the world for their outpouring of support.

Schumacher, a seven-times Formula One world champion, suffered brain injuries when his head hit a rock in France on December 27.

He has been in an induced coma since then and has undergone two operations in Grenoble.

The hospital and the German's management have repeatedly asked the media to respect his privacy.   Continued...

Corinna Schumacher (L), wife of former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, and Professor Gerard Saillant (R), president of the Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders (ICM), arrive at the CHU hospital emergency unit where Schumacher is hospitalized, in Grenoble, French Alps January 4, 2014. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot