Michael Schumacher: F1 legend’s surgery has been delayed amid the fear of Coronavirus, he suffered a fatal brain injury back in 2013.
Arguably the greatest Formula One driver of all time, Michael Schumacher was reported to go through surgery this month, while being on the road to recovery, as he had suffered horrific brain injuries while skiing with his family in the French Alps in December 2013.
He was then placed in a medically induced coma and since then, has been receiving treatment and recovering at his home in Switzerland.
Now, there are credible reports coming in that Schumacher’s stem cell surgery, which was set to be performed by French cardiologist Dr Philippe Menasche, has been put on hold due to the risks associated with the novel coronavirus, which has wreaked havoc all across the globe.
Reputed British daily The Guardian has reported that that rumours surrounding him being operated are inaccurate. The Schumacher family has declined to comment on the reports, but it is understood they would be against such operation amidst the Covid-19 outbreak.
They have reiterated their stand of not commenting on the German racer’s health condition, as it is a matter privy to them. It is also understood that the operation will take place at some time when the virus threats show signs of diminishing.
The 51-year-old star has been bed-ridden for more than 6 years now. His 21-year-old son Mick is following in his father’s and uncle Ralf’s footsteps and will be competing in Formula Two for the second year running this season, starting at Austria.
Austria is also the venue of the opening two races of this virus-curtailed 2020 season, with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton hoping to win the Driver’s Championship this year too, and equal Michael Schumacher’s 7 world titles, a record in the sport.
The coronavirus has taken a toll on the race preparations too, with an official F1 statement coming out today that races in Singapore, Baku (Azerbaijan), and Suzuka (Japan) stand cancelled for the current season, due to the challenges posed by the pandemic.
F1 fans all around the world would be hoping and praying for a speedy recovery of the German champion, and normalcy returning to the F1 circuit.