The Telegraph
Sunday , March 30 , 2014
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Medical unit worth 10m at home


London: The wife of Michael Schumacher is reportedly spending 10million on building a fully equipped medical suite in their family home, so her husband can leave the hospital, British newspaper, The Daily Mail, reported.

Even though Corinna Schumacher, 45, has been told by doctors it is highly unlikely the racing ace will ever wake up from his medically induced coma, she has decided to use the family’s 500m fortune to build the facility in their lavish 25m estate on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

It has been three months since the seven-time F1 champion suffered the skiing accident and was put into an induced coma to reduce brain swelling.

Since then, the 45-year-old have shown very few encouraging signs of recovery. According to the report, the racing ace has been wasting away in his hospital bed, losing 25 per cent of his body mass and now weighs only 8st 7lbs.

A friend of the family, who has known the family for 25 years, told The Sun: “'Miracles happen, of course, and as a wealthy man he has the best care money can buy.

“But all the money in the world cannot fix what has happened to him. The family is making arrangements for a future of permanent immobility.”

The life of Schumacher’s close family has been taken over by the accident. Every day, they make the 150-mile round trip from their home in Switzerland to the Grenoble University Hospital, France, where Schumacher is receiving the best possible care.

They spend up to 10 hours by his bedside, offering prayers for recovery, before returning home in the evening.

Corinna has always been a devoted wife, extremely supportive of her husband’s career. Schumacher had once said: “It is not so easy to find a partner who unconditionally adapts to the pace of my life.”

Growing up in the same region of West Germany, Michael and Corinna Schumacher met at a party in 1991 and fell in love.

He used the staggering fortunes from his 22-year career to snap up a ranch in Texas, where Corinna raises horses, as well as apartments and ski chalets around the world — including the one in Meribel from which he set out on the tragic day late last year.

He even built the estate on Lake Geneva where the new medical facility will be installed.

Corinna refuses to give up on the man she once described as the “perfect partner”, the report adds. The family friend told The Sun she “would view breaking faith with the hope of a miracle a betrayal, little better than treachery.”

She feels that the family communes around his bedside to share their hope and love for him, along with the faith of millions of fans.

“She can’t express defeat because that would be the end of her.”