Friday 23 March 2018

'Schumacher is not walking again' - manager

Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher

Justin Huggler in Berlin

MICHAEL Schumacher's manager has denied a magazine report that claimed the severely injured Formula 1 star is walking again.

Sabine Kehm accused 'Bunte' magazine of raising "false hopes" with its report.

Almost two years after the skiing accident that nearly killed him and left him with a serious brain injury, the German lifestyle magazine claimed Schumacher had made a dramatic recovery.

"Michael is very thin. But he can walk again with a little help from his therapist," the magazine quoted an unnamed "confidant" of the racing driver as saying. "He manages to walk a few steps. He can even raise his arm."

'Bunte' described the improvement in his condition as a "Christmas miracle".

But Ms Kehm, the driver's manager who has acted as a spokesman for the family since his accident, quickly denied the report.

"Unfortunately, we are forced by a recent press report to clarify that the assertion that Michael could move again is not true," Ms Kehm said.

"Such speculation is irresponsible, because given the seriousness of his injuries, Michael's privacy is very important for him. Unfortunately they also give false hopes to many people involved."

'Bunte' said it was standing by the accuracy of its report.

Schumacher, a seven-time Formula 1 world champion who is widely regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, was injured while skiing off-piste with his 14-year-old son in December 2013. The German suffered a traumatic brain injury after he fell and hit his head on a rock, despite wearing a ski helmet, which probably saved his life.

He was rushed to hospital and put into a medically induced coma for four months.

Schumacher's injury attracted an extraordinary level of media interest, and his family had great difficulty protecting his privacy.

One journalist tried to gain access to his bedside disguised as a priest. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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