I’ve written extensively about living though head injuries regarding my father so I won’t regurgitate it here but according to Ross Brawn, Michael Schumacher has had some encouraging signs of improvement:
“The family have chosen to conduct Michael’s convalescence in private and I must respect that,” Brawn said..
“There are encouraging signs and we are all praying every day that we see more of them,” added Brawn, who was close to Schumacher. “So it is difficult for me to say very much and respect the family’s privacy.
“All I would say is there is a lot of speculation about Michael’s condition. Most of it is wrong and we just pray and hope every day that we continue to see some progress and that one day we can see Michael out and about and recovered from his terrible injuries.”
Now, while that is really good news and the family will be encouraged by that, they could be very limited improvements that to an outsider seem like he’s getting better and we may see him at a race soon. That’s very much not the case.
In my own personal situation, signs of improvement are contextual like feet movement, weight gaining, cognitive response to words or stimuli, recognition of others etc. It all depends on where he was and how much improvement they have seen. By all accounts, I think these improvements are the kinds of things that loved one will be very happy to see but fans around the world may find incredibly basic and even disappointing as they have had little information on his condition.
I agree with the family to keep this out of the public eye as it is no one’s business but doing so means that any time there is a comment from a close associate of Michael’s about his condition, it can lead to false hope and expectations as fans know nothing of his original state and progress no matter how slight.
In my own case, I may say that my father (who passed away) has made encouraging progress and to an outsider, they may think he’s ready for a phone call when in fact, he simply recognized my mother for the fist time and knew who she was. You get my point.
Regardless, this happened to me when I was about Mick’s age and I know the pain all too well so slight improvements are very good for the family right now no matter how basic they may seem to us as fans.
Hat Tip: BBC Sport