Schumacher’s wife has been holding a bedside vigil for the past three months. The pair met in 1991 and have been inseparable ever since. “She would view breaking faith with the hope of a miracle a betrayal, little better than treachery,” the family friend told the Sun. “‘She feels that the family communes around his bedside pulsate their hope and love to him, and that of the millions of fans worldwide who share that faith. “She can’t express defeat because that would be the end of her.”
Updates on Schumacher’s condition from the hospital have been sparing and earlier this week Formula 1’s former chief doctor Dr Gary Hartstein told fans to “fear the worst”. He added that the lack of information might actually help fans cope with bad news if it comes. “Whereas I worried more than a bit about what was going to happen when and if really bad news got announced, I’ve realised that perhaps the lack of status updates has given us all a chance to move on a bit, to process what’s happening, and to start to… detach,” he wrote in his blog.
“And I think this is probably one of the unexpected ‘benefits’ to the media strategy chosen by Michael’s family. Somehow, I get the feeling that people are going to be ok, no matter what happens, because they’ve now had the time to process this all. I just regret that to get here, you’ve all had to work through feeling abandoned. That will go away too. I hope.”