Schumacher's manager warns against 'invalid' updates
6 January 2014 – Michael Schumacher’s management has warned against 'speculative' and 'invalid' reports on the health of the 45-year-old, after premature stories he was 'out of danger' over the weekend.
The German is currently battling against head injuries sustained just over a week ago while skiing in France. He has been in an induced coma at the Grenoble University Hospital now for over seven days.
“Michael's condition remains critical but stable. We would like to clearly stress that any information regarding Michael's health not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as invalid and pure speculation. The family cares only for Michael's health,” Schumacher’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said on Saturday.
The statement was issued after comments made by former F1 driver Philippe Strieff.
“I'm not a doctor, I'm repeating what Gerard Saillant [surgeon and friend of the Schumacher family] told me,” Strieff said on Friday. “Gerard Saillant said it is a serious condition but his life is not in danger anymore now, thankfully.”
Meanwhile it has emerged that Schumacher’s skiing accident might have been accidently filmed by a 35-year-old German from Essen, who was videoing his girlfriend. It apparently shows Schumacher’s fall in the background and that he was doing less than 15 mph, German news magazine, Der Spiegel reports.
Footage from the helmet camera worn by Schumacher has already been given to the local authorities looking into what happened.
“Michael's helmet camera was voluntarily given to the investigating authorities by the family,” Kehm added in the statement on Saturday. “That this should have been done against the wishes of the family is untrue.
“We ask you to respect the continued privacy of the family.”
Kehm has already said that further updates will only be issued when there is a change to Schumacher’s condition.