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Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna has revealed the Formula One legend is "different" following his tragic skiing accident in 2013.
Schumacher, who retired from racing in 2012 with the most wins in F1 history at the time, suffered a serious injury while skiing with his son Mick in Meribel, France.
The German was air-lifted to hospital in Grenoble before undergoing two operations and being placed in a medically-induced coma for six months.
He has since returned to his home in Lake Geneva, where Corinna and a team of medical staff have reportedly taken care of him for the past seven years.
And while Schumacher was able to return home with his family, his wife admits he has not been the same since the accident.
“I miss Michael every day,” Corinna said.
“But Michael is here – different, but here. He still shows me how strong he is every day.”
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Corinna, who has been married to Schumacher for 26 years, says she felt her husband was invincible after he avoided any serious injuries throughout his iconic 17-year racing career.
“We’d always made it through his races safely, which is why I was certain he had a few guardian angels that were keeping an eye out for him,” she continued.
“I don’t know if it’s just a kind of protective wall that you put up yourself or if it’s because you’re in a way naive – but it simply never occurred to me that anything could ever happen to Michael.
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“It [the accident] was just really bad luck – all the bad luck anyone could ever have in their life.”
The Schumacher family have kept updates on his recovery and condition private over the past seven years, with fans left in the dark over his progress.
"We are trying to carry on as a family, the way Michael liked it and still does,” Corinna said.
“We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make sure he’s comfortable.
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“We are getting on with our lives, ‘private is private’ as he always said. It’s very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible.
“Michael always protected us, now we are protecting Michael.”
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