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F1 star's wife asks media to depart Grenoble

"It is important to me that you leave the doctors and the hospital so that they can work in peace. I ask you to trust their statements and leave the clinic."
Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna has issued a statement asking press and media representatives currently at Grenoble University Hospital to leave the hospital.

"It is important to me that you leave the doctors and the hospital so that they can work in peace. I ask you to trust their statements and leave the clinic," she requested.

"Please support us in our common fight with Michael," she added. "Please leave our family in peace."

There has been a large media presence at the hospital for the last nine days ever since Schumacher was flown in after suffering a head injury while out skiing with his son during a family holiday over Christmas.

After initial treatment stabilised his condition, Schumacher's condition has been described as stable but critical and there have been few notable developments reported by the hospital or by Schumacher's management team in the last week.

On Monday, a statement from the hospital confirmed that Schumacher's condition remained the same and that the seven-time world champion was still in an induced coma while he recovers from his injuries.

Indicating that the medical team attending the 45-year-old did not expect any changes to his condition in the short term, the most recent statement issued by the hospital stated on Monday that: "We do not plan any press conferences nor give out written press releases, anymore for the time being."

That's left the large press contingent at Grenoble with little new to report in the meantime, and the likelihood is that this will remain the case for some while. Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm has downplayed overnight reports in which she appeared to have said that he was "is no longer in imminent danger."

The increase in media speculation surrounding the star's condition in the absence of new facts has now resulted in Corinna Schumacher's request on Tuesday that all media leave the clinic.

In a separate development, French prosecutors have said that they will hold a press conference on Wednesday to reveal their findings as to the causes of Schumacher's accident in the French Alps.

The investigators have been examining footage from a camera attached to Schumacher's helmet that was supplied to them by the family. Schumacher was skiing off-piste at the time of the accident but was not thought to be going fast at the time.

The investigation is understood to be into how well signposted the area is in terms of alerting skiers to potential dangers.

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January 07, 2014 2:15 PM

I hope her wishes are respected but somehow I doubt they will be knowing the media. I know how bad it is just to cope with going in and out of hospital and seeing a loved on ill, to have to cope with the media on top of that must be awful. She must have felt she had to say something as no one seems to pay attention to Schumachers official spokesperson.


January 07, 2014 6:02 PM

BooBoo, I agree with you. What is the point of dozens of journalists hanging around when there is no journalism to do? The royal sprog was a perfect example of this utterly stupid ritual, 500 journalists waiting for news. It's meant to be the public's job to wait for news not the journalists! Why can't they all go back to the office and do some work while they wait for the phone call that tells them "It's a boy and it weighs x amount" There's just no need to stand outside the hospital, was one of the many expecting to catch the scoop of the century and report that the Duchess of wherever had just given birth to a porcupine? It's kind of the same with Michael, IF the doctors have an update to give they will give it and thanks to electronic communication we'll find out about it just as fast as the journalists. I hope Corinna's wishes are respected, the intrusion and rumours can only make a tortuous situation even worse.

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