The wellbeing of seven-time Formula 1 World Driver’s Champion, Michael Schumacher, has been a closely-guarded secret, but a rare update on the German’s condition has now come via the German courts.
Schumacher’s family is suing German magazine Bunte, which ran a ‘front-page’ report last year claiming the F1 ace was up and walking with the assistance of his carers.
Sadly for Schumacher fans, this appears to be false, as the BBC reports the driver’s lawyer was forced to reveal to the courts that Schumacher “cannot walk”.
The court case backs a statement from Schumacher’s manager shortly after the magazine hit the shelves, which also stressed that the German driver’s health was nowhere close to that stated by the article.
The news will come as a devastating blow to fans and the F1 community, as it appears to indicate Schumacher’s recovery is barely progressing - if at all.
The German suffered significant head injuries while skiing on the cusp of New Year’s Eve in 2013, and remained in an induced coma for six months.
Schumacher was eventually shifted to the family home in Switzerland to continue his recovery, and updates on his condition since then have been virtually non-existent.
Instead, Schumacher’s family, management and medical team has chosen to remain silent on the driver’s condition, saying they do not wish to instil false hope in fans.
December 30 of this year will mark three years since Schumacher’s skiing incident.
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