Michael Schumacher’s daughter Gina has issued a heart-wrenching appeal to reignite hope for the Formula One legend’s recovery.
The seven-time world champion, 48, has been unable to walk or speak since suffering a head injury during a life-threatening skiing accident in the Alps in 2013.
His 20-year-old daughter Gina reignited hope for her father to return to health as she urged the sportsman to ‘keep fighting’, in an inspirational Instagram message.
Hopeful: Michael Schumacher’s daughter Gina has issued a heart-wrenching appeal to reignite hope for the Formula One legend’s recovery
She wrote: ‘There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved #naturephotography #natureforsoul #keepfighting.’
Gina, who is a talented equestrian, posted the heartfelt appeal alongside a snap of a tranquil lake taken while sitting on a horse.
Fans flocked to the comments section to offer their support and well-wishes to Gina.
‘Stay strong! Wish you all the best for you and your Family,’ one wrote.
Horrific: The seven-time world champion, 48, has been unable to walk or speak since suffering a head injury during a life-threatening skiing accident in the Alps in 2013
‘There is only one happiness in this life’: His daughter Gina, 20, reignited hope for her father to return to health as she urged him to ‘keep fighting’ in an inspirational Instagram message
‘Magnificient, the power of love, best wishes from France, god bless your family #Keepfighting #TeamMichae,’ another added.
Gina, her brother Mick, 18, and their mother Corinna Betsch have been rallying around Michael since his horrific accident four years ago.
The family are hoping for a ‘medical miracle’ and are receiving some form of communication from the F1 legend, German media reported earlier this month.
A family friend claimed the racing champion was ‘sending signals from his distant world’ as he continues to be cared for in their home in Geneva, Switzerland.
Hope: A family friend of Michael Schumacher claims the racing champion is communicating with his wife and children, despite being unable to speak since the 2013 accident
The unnamed source was quoted in German magazine Brunte as saying Schumacher’s toned physique is helping do ‘well in the circumstances’.
‘Corinna and the children hope to this day that a medical miracle happens.’
The seven-time world champion was put into a medically-induced coma for six months after the incident in the French Alps.
Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded.
Medics described his condition as ‘extremely serious’ after his admission to Grenoble Hospital, where he underwent two life-saving operations.
Hope: Schumacher’s wife Corinna and their two children Mick, 18, and Gina, 20, reportedly ‘hope to this day that a medical miracle happens’
Three months later a statement was released confirming that the F1 champion was no longer in a coma and had left Grenoble Hospital.
Schumacher, who remains immobile and cannot speak, is understood to have a 15-strong team of medics looking after him at his home in Geneva, Switzerland.
In December 2016, a statement from his manager, Sabine Kehm, said: ‘Michael’s health is not a public issue, and so we will continue to make no comment in that regard.
‘We have to protect his intimate sphere. Legally seen and in the longer term, every statement related to his health would diminish the extent of his intimate sphere.’
The statement continued: ‘Michael has always been very protective of his privacy, even during the most successful times of his career.
‘He has always made sure there is a clear and distinct line between his public persona and his private one.’
But his former teammate Johnny Herbert has revealed the F1 legend has ‘good days and bad days’.
Friend Ross Brawn gas said: ‘The family are conducting his convalescence in private and I need to respect that.
‘So I don’t want to comment on his condition beyond saying we’re extremely hopeful we’ll see Michael as we knew him at some point in the future.’
Schumacher is believed to have been worth £500 million before the accident.
Tragic: Schumacher suffered a head injury while skiing in the French Alps in 2013