Cape Town - Michael Schumacher celebrates his 49th birthday on Wednesday as fans urged the seven-time Formula One champion to keep fighting after a devastating skiing accident left him with horrific head injuries.
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Schumacher was put in a medically induced coma on
December 29, 2013 after he fell and hit his head while skiing in the
After being initially treated in Lausanne,
Switzerland, he was eventually moved home in September 2014, and the
family has kept updates regarding his condition to a minimum.
Schumacher holds numerous F1 records, including world championship titles (7), races won (91), fastest laps (77) and races won in a single season (13).
Schumacher retired from the sport in 2006, but made a comeback in 2010 with Mercedes. He retired for good at the end of the 2012 season.
Schumacher's legion of fans took to Twitter to commemorate his birthday and plea for the German star to continue his fight against the injuries he suffered, using the hashtag #KeepFightingMichael