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Michael Schumacher's wife tells fans 'we are doing everything possible to help him' as she issues rare statement to mark the driver's 50th birthday

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 02/01/2019 Julian Robinson for MailOnline

Schumacher with his wife Corinna © Associated Newspapers Limited Schumacher with his wife Corinna Michael Schumacher's wife has issued a rare statement thanking fans ahead of the Formula 1 legend's 50th birthday tomorrow.

Corinna Schumacher told the driver's fans that 'we are doing everything possible to help him' as he battles to recover from a devastating ski accident in France in 2013.

Mrs Schumacher said: 'We are pleased and wholeheartedly thank you for celebrating Michael's 50th birthday with him and with us.

a close up of a newspaper: Corinna Schumacher told the driver's fans that 'we are doing everything possible to help him' as he battles to recover from a devastating ski accident in France in 2013 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Corinna Schumacher told the driver's fans that 'we are doing everything possible to help him' as he battles to recover from a devastating ski accident in France in 2013

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'You can be sure that he is in good hands and we are doing everything possible to help him. 

'Please understand if we follow Michael's wishes and leave as sensitive a topic as health, as ever, in privacy. At the same time, we thank you very much for your friendship and wish you a happy and healthy year in 2019.' 

The German Formula 1 great suffered life-changing head injuries in a ski accident in December 2013.

He hit the right side of his head on a rock, splitting open his helmet when he fell while skiing.

a person standing on a snow covered mountain:  The German Formula 1 great (pictured with his wife, Corinna) suffered life-changing head injuries in a ski accident in December 2013 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited  The German Formula 1 great (pictured with his wife, Corinna) suffered life-changing head injuries in a ski accident in December 2013

Schumacher was rushed to hospital where he underwent several life-saving surgeries and spent the next six months in a coma.

In April 2014, he woke up and was taken from the hospital in Grenoble to a private location, believed to be his house near Lake Geneva, where he is being cared for.

It is thought that Michael is being tended to by a team of 15 physicians who provide round-the-clock care at a cost of £115,000-per-week.

At the time of his release from hospital, his wife Corinna issued a statement asking for support in 'our joint fight alongside Michael', but said she would not be speaking further and asked for privacy.

The couple married in 1995 after meeting at a Ferrari party, and have two children together: Gina-Maria, 21, and Mick, 19, who races Formula Three.

Mick won the Formula Three championship with a race to spare last month, and will now make the move to Formula Two with Italian team, Prema in 2019. 

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