Michael Schumacher's friends and family will never give up hope of his recovery. The Formula One legend, who was left paralysed after a skiing accident in France in December 2013, has loved ones "praying every day" that he will continue to show progress.
Ross Brawn, the former team principal of Ferrari and Mercedes, has opened up about his relationship with Michael and revealed that he has been to visit the star at his home in Switzerland a few times since he was released from hospital in 2014.
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Michael Schumacher's friend Ross Brawn said there is "always hope" of his recovery
"I do keep in touch [with Michael's family]," Michael told The Mirror. "But we try and keep a balance of going to see him against calling, and not being a pain. I've been to see him a few times; Corinna, his wife, calls me occasionally and keeps me updated.
"We just keep praying every day that he'll recover to a stage where… it's slow, but there's always hope."
Michael's wife Corinna Schumacher and children Gina and Mick, have been by his side ever since he was left fighting for his life after the skiing accident.
Michael was left paralysed after a skiing accident in December 2013
The 46-year-old has faced a long road to recovery, having been placed in a medically induced coma and finally regaining consciousness in June 2014. He was then transferred from the Grenoble Hospital to the University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland – a few miles from his home – and eventually moved to his family home to continue his recovery process.
Since then updates about his condition have been scarce, but in March his friend and former racing driver Philippe Streiff confirmed that Michael remains paralysed and in a wheelchair, and cannot speak. "He is getting better but everything is relative," said the Frenchman, who was himself left wheelchair-bound by a pre-season training crash in 1989. "It's very difficult. He can't speak. Like me, he is in a wheelchair paralysed. He has memory problems and speech problems."