Michael Schumacher making 'encouraging signs' in his recovery says former Ferrari boss
Michael Schumacher is making "encouraging signs" in his recovery from a serious skiing accident, his former Ferrari technical head has said.
Ross Brawn said there had been a lot of false speculation about the condition of the seven-time world champion and that the Schumacher family had made the decision long ago that the best strategy was to keep private about his condition.
Schumacher sustained severe head injuries in a skiing accident in December 2013 in the Alpine resort of Meribel and there have been several contradictory reports about his condition ever since.
"The family have chosen to conduct Michael's convalescence in private and I must respect that," Brawn told the BBC.
"There are encouraging signs and we are all praying every day that we see more of them. 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's 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."
It emerged in September that Schumacher still cannot walk or stand unaided. The information 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.
The seven-time world champion cannot stand without the help of therapists, Mr Damm added.
In August the former Ferrari chairman, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, said Schumacher was responding to treatment and will recover from his brain injuries.
Mr di Montezemolo, man who was Ferrari chairman when Schumacher won five consecutive world titles between 2000 and 2004, said: “I’m very pleased to know that he is reacting.
“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.”
Schumacher, who spent six months in an induced coma following the crash, has been receiving specialist medical care at home on the shores of Lake Geneva since September 2014.