Michael Schumacher Health Update: Will Schumi Walk Again? Family Seeks Privacy While Promising Memorabilia Display
By Daniella Chen, Crossmap On October 18, 2016
Legendary F1 champion Michael Schumacher has his fans waiting for every bit of update of his health conditions, even long after his skiing accident in December 2013.
Previously, reports from German publication Bunte claimed that the German former racer was able to stand and walk, just to be stilled as Schumacher's family filed a lawsuit against the newspaper.
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Bunte even cited a friend of Schumacher, who claimed that not only he was able to walk several steps with assistance from his therapist, he could also raise an arm.
While Schumacher's family has been trying to keep mum on his health updates, the false report forced his lawyer Felix Damm to give an update that Michael was still unable to stand, let alone walk.
"Unfortunately, we are forced by a recent press report to clarify that the assertion that Michael could move again is not true," Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm said in a statement. "Such speculation is irresponsible because given the seriousness of his injuries, his privacy is very important for Michael. Unfortunately, they also give false hopes to many involved people."
Kehm also shared that his family would like to open his memorabilia to public next year. The collection will be showcased near his hometown Kerpen, Germany, and will include karts from his early racing career, sports cars, trophies, and most of the F1 casts used during his record-breaking seven-world championship races.
"It is the heart's desire of Michael's family that all interested fans should get to see Michael's collection without having to pay an admission charge. t will enable them to revel in memories and bring those great times back to life again," Kehm said, adding, "The location's proximity to Kerpen, and the passion for motoring that it radiates, were two other excellent reasons for this collaboration."
Michael's wife Corrina Schumacher repeatedly requested for understanding on the family's request for privacy, as they undergo the long rehabilitation process for the F1 champion's recovery.
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Schumacher woke up from coma in June, 2014, nearly six months after he suffered a critical head injury while skiing in the French Alps. After his coma period, Schumacher woke up and was moved to a rehabilitation center in Lausanne, Switzerland. Michael could return home at Gland in Switzerland in September that year to continue rehabilitation.