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Michael Schumacher's family to sue German magazine over false claims of recovery

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As Michael Schumacher battles to recover from a serious head injury suffered during a freak accident while skiing, German weekly magazine Bunte had made an audacious claim that the legendary racer was now able to walk.

Those rumors, however, were not only swiftly denied by the driver's manager Sabine Kehm back in December but also by his family.

In a detailed statement to the court, Schumacher's lawyer Felix Damm has outlined the extent and severity of the injury and has gone on to thoroughly squash the apparent rumours put forth by Bunte. 


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Damm stated: "He cannot walk."

He has further pointed out the fact that the driver is not even able to stand with the assistance and guidance of therapists, whereby invalidating the claims made by the magazine. 

Schumacher's family have decided to sue the magazine on grounds that they have violated the privacy of the racer and his family with such bold claims, the verdict for the case set to be issued sometime after October. 

Bunte reported in their magazine: "Michael is very thin. But he can once again walk a little with the help of his therapists."

They cited an unnamed friend of the racer responsible for the comment. 

The magazine further wrote: "He manages to make a couple of steps. And he can also raise an arm."

These claims have since been strongly denied by Kehm and Schumacher's family, labelling the statements as "irresponsible".

Kehm added: "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 for Michael. Unfortunately, they give false hopes to many involved people."

The accident occurred while Schumacher was on vacation with wife Corinna and his two children, hitting his head on the rocks in a ski resort in Mirabel on December 29 in 2013. 

After being admitted to a hospital in Grenoble, he was put into a medically induced coma for six months, following which, he was transferred to a hospital in Lausanne, before eventually moving back to his hometown in Germany for lengthy treatment and rehabilitation. 

In a press conference back in December 2015, Schumacher's doctors revealed the extent of the injury, stating that the German was, in fact, in "critical condition" following the horrific accident. 

However, they added that the helmet Schumacher was wearing helped to protect him to a large extent, without which, the 47-year-old would have probably faced certain death. 

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