Schu­macher’s health to re­main pri­vate mat­ter

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

BER­LIN: The con­di­tion of Michael Schu­macher’s health will re­main closely guarded among fam­ily and close as­so­ci­ates, the former For­mula One cham­pion’s man­ager said yes­ter­day. “Michael’s health is not a pub­lic is­sue, and so we will con­tinue to make no com­ment in that re­gard,” Sabine Kehm said in a state­ment. “We have to pro­tect his in­ti­mate sphere. Legally seen and in the longer term, ev­ery state­ment re­lated to his health would di­min­ish the ex­tent of his in­ti­mate sphere.”

Schu­macher sus­tained se­vere head in­juries in a ski­ing ac­ci­dent in France on Dec. 29, 2013 and has been cared for at his home in Switzer­land since Septem­ber 2014. Kehm said the Schu­macher fam­ily was aware that fans were hop­ing for news of the 47-yearold Ger­man’s con­di­tion, “but we do this with full com­mit­ment to Michael’s guide­lines and can only thank peo­ple for their un­der­stand­ing.”

Kehm an­nounced that the fam­ily was launch­ing a “Keep Fight­ing Ini­tia­tive” as a sign of grat­i­tude to fans and to en­cour­age peo­ple in­spired by Schu­macher’s ca­reer “to keep fight­ing and never give up.”

Schu­macher’s ac­ci­dent hap­pened on a fam­ily va­ca­tion as he was ski­ing with his son at the Meri­bel ski re­sort in the French Alps. The avid skier hit the right side of his head on a rock, crack­ing his hel­met. Doctors op­er­ated to re­move blood clots from his brain, but some were left be­cause they were too deeply em­bed­ded.

Schu­macher’s con­di­tion sta­bi­lized af­ter he was placed in a drug-in­duced coma, from which he later emerged. “Michael has al­ways been very pro­tec­tive of his pri­vacy, even dur­ing the most suc­cess­ful times of his ca­reer. He has al­ways made sure there is a clear and dis­tinct line be­tween his pub­lic per­sona and his pri­vate one,” Kehm said.

Schu­macher, who made his name with Benet­ton be­fore join­ing Fer­rari in 1996, won a record seven F1 ti­tles and 91 races. — AP

TAEZ, Ye­men: A mal­nour­ished Ye­meni child is at­tended to at a ther­a­peu­tic feed­ing cen­tre in the coun­try’s third­largest city of Taez yes­ter­day. The UN chil­dren’s agency UNICEF says nearly three mil­lion peo­ple in Ye­men need im­me­di­ate food sup­plies, while 1.5 mil­lion chil­dren are suf­fer­ing from mal­nu­tri­tion, in­clud­ing 370,000 with se­vere mal­nu­tri­tion that weak­ens their im­mune sys­tem. —AFP

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