Michael Schumacher Current Health Condition Revealed
Michael Schumacher still cannot walk or stand unaided after more than two and a half years skiing accident that almost killed him. The full state of the 47-year-old Formula One champion’s health was disclosed as part of court proceedings in Germany.
Schumacher’s family are suing a German magazine over a report last year, which claimed he could walk again. “He cannot walk,” Felix Damm, a lawyer representing Schumacher, told a court hearing in Hamburg. He added that the seven-time world champion cannot even stand without the help of therapists.
Schumacher almost died when he fell and struck his head on a rock while skiing with friends and his son in December 2013 in the Alpine resort of Meribel. He hit his head on a rock and suffered severe head injuries. He was placed in a medically induced coma for six months before he was released from the hospital and moved to his home in Switzerland. He also underwent two head operations. Since then, legions of fans around the world have scoured every report of his condition for signs of a recovery, but his family has remained largely silent and protective of his privacy.
There was widespread excitement when Germany’s Bunte magazine claimed in a cover story last year that he had made a miraculous recovery and was walking again. Schumacher’s family quickly denied the claims and is now suing the magazine for €40,000-100,000 for invading his privacy. “Such speculation is irresponsible because given the seriousness of his injuries, privacy is very important to Michael,” Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s manager, said at the time of the report. “Unfortunately it also gives false hopes to many people.”
Schumacher’s former boss at the Ferrari racing team said the injured driver was responding to treatment. “I’m very pleased to know that he is reacting,” Luca di Montezemolo told CNN. “I know how strong he is. I’m sure that thanks to his determination – which will be crucial – he will come out from this very, very difficult situation.”
The trial continues, and a verdict is expected this coming October.
Sources: telegraph.co.uk, usatoday.com