New Delhi: Record seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher’s manager has denied claims made by a lifestyle magazine, Bunte, that the driver is walking again.
Earlier this week, the German magazine reported that Schumacher had regained the ability to walk and could lift his arm above his head.
However, Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s manager told the Telegraph on Tuesday that the claims were untrue.
“Unfortunately, we are forced by a recent press report to clarify that the assertion that Michael could move again is not true,” Kehm said.
“Such speculation is irresponsible, because given the seriousness of his injuries, Michael’s privacy is very important for him. Unfortunately they also give false hopes to many people involved.”
The magazine described the improvement in Schumacher’s condition as a “Christmas miracle”.
According to the magazine -- "Michael is very thin. But he can walk again with a little help from his therapist,” the magazine quoted an unnamed “confidant” of the racing driver as saying.
"He manages to walk a few steps. He can even raise his arm.”
Schumacher was holidaying with his wife Corinna and children Mick and Gina Maria on December 29, 2013, when he smashed his head on rocks during a low-speed ski-run at the resort of Mirabel where he owned a villa.
After being airlifted off the mountain, he underwent emergency operations to save his life, was placed in an artificial coma and spent months in hospital.
Since September last year, he has received extended therapy and care in a purpose built medical suite at his Lake Geneva mansion where a team of 15 people look after him around the clock.
(With Agency inputs)