December 29 – the date that not only impacted the Schumacher family, but also the millions of fans of Michael Schumacher across the globe and the world of Formula One.
Today marks the fifth anniversary since the seven-time world champion succumbed to life-changing injuries during the family skiing holiday in the French Alps in 2013.
Schumacher suffered a severe head trauma at the period of time and after five years after the accident, he continues his recovery process in his home in Switzerland.
Despite only a handful of updates being released in recent years, we look back at all the significant incidents in regard to the issue during the entire five years that have gone by.
After the accident on December 29, 2013, Schumacher was airlifted to Grenoble Hospital, where it was revealed that the former champion suffered ‘a severe head injury with coma on arrival and required immediate neurosurgical intervention’.
At the press conference a day later, the doctors described his condition as ‘extremely serious’ and conducted a second operation in order to reduce the swelling on his brain. The surgery lasting around two hours.
In April 2014, Schumi’s family told the media that Michael had been showing ‘moments of consciousness and awakening'. Three months after the revelation, it was reported that the ex-Ferrari ace was no longer in a coma and had left Grenoble Hospital.
The Schumacher family in September that year announced that Michael would be undergoing the latter phase of his rehabilitation in his home, and considering the criticality of the injuries he suffered, the recovery would be a long and difficult process.
His long-time manager Sabine Kehm, in February 2016 during the opening of an exhibition to celebrate Schumacher’s record-breaking career, conveyed the message that she hopes with the continued support and patience, one day Michael will be back among us all.
Bunte magazine in the coming months claimed the German driver had made significant improvements in his health and could walk with the assistance of medical staff.
However, Kehm disclosed the assertions to be ‘false’ and asked for the privacy of the family at that crucial juncture of recovery.
Kehm said: “Unfortunately, we are forced by a recent press report to clarify that the assertion that Michael could move again is not true.
"Such speculation is irresponsible, because given the seriousness of his injuries, his privacy is very important for Michael.
"Unfortunately they also give false hopes to many involved people.”
In recent months, it has emerged that Schumacher often looks out of the window and cries at the beauty of outside, as well as his former boss Jean Todt going to see him on a regular basis, leading them to watching the Brazilian Grand Prix together this season.
Amidst the tight security and privacy in Geneva, Switzerland, Michael carries on his rehabilitation as millions of his followers pray for his well-being in anticipation of seeing the 49-year-old in healthy condition again.