THEY were forced to break their silence on his recovery from head injuries suffered in a skiing accident.
MICHAEL Schumacher ’s family has confirmed that the stricken Formula 1 legend still cannot walk or stand.
They were forced to break their silence on his recovery from head injuries suffered in a skiing accident after German magazine Bunte claimed that the seven-time world champion was back on his feet.
The family is suing the publication and lawyer Felix Damm told a court bluntly yesterday: “He cannot walk.”
He added that Schumacher, 47, is unable to stand even with the aid of therapists.
Former F1 world champion Michael Schumacher, 44, suffered a head injury in a skiing accident in Meribel in the French Alps
The court heard that Bunte’s report had “misled” the driver’s fans and given false hope to those who love him.
The magazine, which ran the story on its front page in December 2015, had included a source saying Schumacher could manage some steps with the help from therapists and could raise an arm.
At the time, the star’s agent, Sabine Kehm, released a statement 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.” In a video interview released in May 2015, she had spoken of how his condition was slowly improving, “considering the severity of the injury”.
Schumacher was on holiday with wife Corinna and their children Gina-Marie, 19, and Mick, 17, in Meribel, France, in December 2013 when he fell while skiing. He landed on a rock and was airlifted to Grenoble Hospital, where he had two life-saving operations.
Medics said he would have died had he not been wearing a safety helmet. The former Ferrari ace was placed in a medically induced coma for six months before being transferred to his home in Switzerland to continue treatment.
Michael Schumacher in 1998
Very little was known of his recovery as his family has protected his privacy fiercely.
Bunte’s article allegedly included a comment from a friend of Schumacher who said: “Michael is very thin.
“But he can once again walk a little with the help of his therapists. He manages to make a couple of steps. And he can also raise an arm.”
The case against Bunte comes a month after former Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezelmo, 68, told Christian news website Ecumenical News that the star was responding to treatment.
A verdict in the court case against Bunte is expected next month.