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Michael Schumacher Health Condition Update: Corinna Sues Tabloids for Speculation

( [email protected] ) Jul 22, 2015 05:26 PM EDT
I've been following Michael Schumacher's Health Condition for several months now.  The former race-car driver was in a serious skiing accident which left him very injured, and many are questioning when he will be able to even move on his own again.  Corinna Schumacher, Michael's wife, has recently sued certain tabloids for reporting false information about her husband's condition.
German Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher poses with his wife Corinna Schumacher at the winter resort of Madonna di Campiglio in Northern Italy in 2005. AFP/Getty Images

I've been following Michael Schumacher's Health Condition for several months now.  The former race-car driver was in a serious skiing accident which left him very injured, and many are questioning when he will be able to even move on his own again.  Corinna Schumacher, Michael's wife, has recently sued certain tabloids for reporting false information about her husband's condition. 

According to a recent report from The Telegraph, Corinna launched legal actions against three tabloids over speculation about his health that included such claims as Michael speaking his first words since the accident.  A regional court in Munich has banned the reports about the former seven-time F1 champion, and the court's chamber dealing with press law considered the contested forms of coverage as being inadmissible in essential respects and banned them.  As the court ruled against the magazines, and found that the coverage had "removed his [Michael's] privacy and was the subject of speculative hope and voyeuristic observation". 

The three magazines were from Bunte, Freizeit Revue and Freizeit Spaß.  Bunte claimed that "sometimes he opens his eyes" and "feels again Corinna's love", and the court thought this was "a clear predominance of vast voyeurism". 

Freizeit Revue stated that "his first words give so much hope" and that Michael could "apparently speak in a fragmented way".  The court ruled that Schumaker was helpless and defenseless, and presented his abilities as severely-limited person to the public gaze. 

As for Freizeit Spaß magazine, they said that a "special therapy" for Schumacher had been revealed.  However, the article focused on a doctor about the possibilities and prospects of rehabilitation for coma patients.  The court ruled that the reader would have understood from the headline that a therapy had been specially developed for Schumacher. 

For those who are unaware of Michael Schumacher's condition, his accident occurred on December 29, 2013 when he was skiing and struck a partially covered rock.  Schumacher then lost control and crashed into another rock, shattering his helmet.   He had a camera attached to his helmet that caught the footage of this collision, and it has been analyzed to show that the injury was indeed an accident.  This accident caused a lot of brain damage as well as a coma that he awoke from on April 4, 2014, a process of reawakening that actually began in January of that year.

Meanwhile, Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick is starting his own races.  Unfortunately, Mick recently suffered a fracture in his right hand during a Formula 4 race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria after he was hit by Thomas Priening and the vehicle was damaged.  Mick Schumacher has lost his wings, and thought is "was a shame my race had to end so early". 

Last November, the official Michael Schumacher website was relaunched in order to mark the 20th anniversary of the driver's first world championship.  The site provides visitors a place to send messages to his wife and kids called "How to Wish Michael Well".  Most of the official Michael Schumacher site is devoted to stories of him as a racing legend, but visitors can leave a personalized message by adding a hashtag of #keepfightingmichael to their tweets, which might take a while before it appears on the official site. 

For those who want to send a message to the Schumacher family, feel free to visit the previously mentioned website and follow the instructions.