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A traumatic brain injury isn’t just a one-time event. For many seriously injured TBI patients, including Formula 1 racer Michael Schumacher, the road to recovery can take years. That’s why Schumacher’s family has launched the Keep Fighting Initiative, to encourage all those who fight every day.
On December 29, 2013, Formula 1 racer Michael Schumacher fell on the ski slopes of the French Alps and struck his head on a rock. He was airlifted to Grenoble Hospital and underwent “immediate neurosurgical intervention” including two life-saving operations. Schumacher spent the weeks that followed in a coma, before eventually returning to his home in Switzerland in April 2014.
Schumacher’s recovery has been painfully slow. His family has sought to protect his privacy, but on more than one occasion public speculation has overstated the speed of his recovery. In early 2016, Schumacher’s long-time manager, Sabine Kehm, told Mirror:
“Such speculation is irresponsible, because given the seriousness of his injuries, his privacy is very important for Michael. Unfortunately they also give false hopes to many involved people.”
Recovery after a severe traumatic brain injury can take months, and even years. The neurological, behavioral, and cognitive effects of a TBI may not even appear in the first months. As they develop, these symptoms can become psychologically devastating setbacks that can make even the toughest TBI patient feel like giving up.
But even as the Formula 1 racer’s recovery crawled on, his supporters have remained loyal. With 91 wins, Schumacher was the most successful Formula 1 driver of all time. He is also a seven-time Formula 1 world champion. His followers remain hopeful that they will see him again.
“[The Keep Fighting Initiative hopes to] spread the belief that giving up is not an option, a message that is valid not only in motor racing. In this way we hope to turn a terrible event, which affects the whole Schumacher family, into something positive.”
Recovery from a severe head injury doesn’t happen overnight. TBI patients often have to retrain their brains to do even the most simple and even automatic tasks. Support from organizations like the Keep Fighting Initiative are essential to push them through the tough times within the recovery process.
At Christensen Law, our attorneys work closely with the the victims of traumatic brain injuries resulting from auto accidents. We often work with them for months, and even years, to collect no-fault benefits and additional damages to cover their long-term medical and rehabilitative needs. We see the ebbs and flows of TBI recovery, and we understand that it is a long-term process. If you or someone you love is fighting against a traumatic brain injury, we can help. Contact Christensen Law today to schedule a free initial consultation.