Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher turned 50 yesterday.
That he did so behind closed doors at home in Switzerland with his family, with no real update on his health following a skiing accident in 2013 where he sustained severe head injuries, doesn’t make it any easier for his millions of fans. He has not been seen in public since.
His family’s wishes to keep his health private is understandable. One can only imagine what they go through on a daily basis ever since the sudden accident.
“You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him,” the family said in a statement on the eve of his birthday, which was yesterday commemorated by the launch of an official app to review all his career successes and a virtual museum created by Ferrari in association with the Keep Fighting Foundation.
“Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy,” it added.
Schumacher, who retired from racing in 2012, showed plenty of courage in winning a record 91 Grands Prix during his career.
Here’s hoping he will continue to fight in his bid to make a recovery.