A court in Germany has heard that the seven times world champion Michael Schumacher cannot walk almost three years after a skiing accident. Lawyers for the Schumacher family have launched legal action after the German magazine Bunte claimed last Christmas that the seven-time world champion could walk again.
But Fleix Damm said that Schumacher, 47, “cannot walk” more than two and a half years after the accident. The magazine said a source had said that Schumacher could manage some steps with the help of therapists and could raise an arm.
At the time, Schumacher’s agent, Sabine Kehm, released a statement denying the story, saying: “Unfortunately we are forced by a recent press report to clarify that the assertion that Michael could move again is not true.
“Such speculation is irresponsible, because given the seriousness of his injuries, his privacy is very important. Unfortunately they also give false hopes to many involved people.”
The seven time champion suffered head injuries after skiing in the French alps in December 2014. Schumacher was placed into a medically-induced coma before being transferred to his home on the shores of Lake Geneva in September 2014.
He is believed to be undergoing rehab and recovery at home with health care professionals. But in February former Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, said: “I have news and unfortunately it is not good.”
Official medical bulletins have been rare but this news today that the F1 legend can’t walk is the first in over a year.