Schu­macher ‘can­not walk’,court hears

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A LAWYER for Michael Schu­macher has told a court in Ger­many that the for­mer For­mula 1 world cham­pion “can­not walk” fol­low­ing his ski­ing in­jury.

Felix Damm was de­tail­ing the ex­tent of Schu­macher’s in­juries in a law­suit against Ger­man mag­a­zine, Bunte.

The mag­a­zine had re­ported last Christ­mas that the seven-time world cham­pion could walk again.

But Mr Damm said that Schu­macher, 47, was un­able even to stand with the help of spe­cial­ists.

Bunte had quoted a source at the end of last year as say­ing 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.”

Schu­macher suf­fered a head in­jury in a ski­ing ac­ci­dent in France in 2013.

He was placed in a med­i­cally in­duced coma for six months be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to his home in Switzer­land to con­tinue his treat­ment.

Very lit­tle is known of the sports icon’s re­cov­ery as his fam­ily has strongly pro­tected his pri­vacy.

In Fe­bru­ary, his for­mer boss at Fer­rari, Luca di Mon­teze­molo, said: “I have news and un­for­tu­nately it is not good.”— BBC.

Michael Schu­macher

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