Monday 26 September 2016

Michael Schumacher 'can't walk or stand unaided', two and a half years after skiing accident

Justin Huggler

Published 19/09/2016 | 13:21

Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher still cannot walk or stand unaided more than two and a half years after the skiing accident that almost killed him, it has emerged.

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The full state of the former Formula 1 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.

The five-time world champion cannot even stand without the help of therapists, Mr Damm added.

Schumacher almost died when he fell and struck his head on a rock while skiing with his son in December 2013.

Since then his 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.

But Schumacher’s family quickly denied the claims, and his family is now suing the magazine for €40,000-100,000 (£34,000-£85,000) for invading his privacy.

“Such speculation is irresponsible, because given the seriousness of his injuries, privacy is very important for Michael,” Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s manager, said at the time of the report.

“Unfortunately it also gives false hopes to many people.”

The court hearing comes months after 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 in May.

“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. A verdict is expected in October.

Telegraph.co.uk

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