F1 legend Michael Schumacher was trending on Twitter on the nine year anniversary of his heartbreaking accident.
The seven-time world champion has been in a vegetative state ever since he suffered traumatic brain injuries while skiing. Schumacher had a horrific skiing accident that saw him fall over and hit his head while skiing off-piste on the slopes above Meribel, France, with his son, and now Mercedes driver, Mick Schumacher.
While the German was wearing a helmet, he still needed to undergo surgery and be placed into a medically induced coma to ease the swelling. And nine years since his accident changed his and that of his family’s life, the sporting world combined to get the hashtag ‘#KeepFightingMichael’ trending on social media.
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Thousands, if not millions, of fans tweeted their support for the German. "You are the first one who made me fall in love with this magnificent sport when I was just a little girl running around the living room while you raced in your red car," one fan wrote on social media.
"We keep waiting for your next victory, the most important one. We miss you champion," another added on social media. "Nine years is a long time but Michael is fighting like the warrior that he is," said another emotional F1 supporter.
While Schumacher managed to survive the accident and the resulting coma, there have been very little updates as to his condition, as his wife Corina has insisted his physical state should be a private matter. The closest the F1 world has come to an update came in the self-titled Netflix documentary of his career, early life, and the experiences of his family.
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"I miss Michael every day. But it's not just me who misses him," his wife Corinna said to the camera in the documentary. "It's the children, the family, his father, everyone around him.
"I mean, everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here. Different, but he's here and that gives us strength, I find.We try to carry on a family as Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives.
"'Private is private', as he always said. It is very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible. Michael always protected us, and now we are protecting Michael."
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