Michael Schumacher: F1 champion's medical documents stolen and offered for sale

The former driver's spokesman said that the person who allegedly stole the papers is attempting to sell them

Documents believed to be the medical notes of retired Formula One racing driver Michael Schumacher have been stolen, according to his manager.

The sportsman’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said on Monday that the documents of the driver, who recently emerged from a coma following a skiing accident last year, have disappeared, the Mail Online reported.

The person who allegedly took the papers is now attempting to sell them, and claims that they are genuine, said Kehm. She stressed that buying or publishing the patient notes is illegal and added that legal action would be taken if any information from the notes was made public.

Kehm said on Monday: “We cannot judge if these documents are authentic. However, the documents are clearly stolen. The theft has been reported. The authorities are involved.

 

“We expressly advise that both the purchase and the publication of such documents and data is forbidden. The contents of any medical files are totally private and confidential and must not made available to the public.

“'We will therefore, in every single case, press for criminal charges and damages against any publication of the content or reference to the medical file. We trust for your understanding,” she added according to the website.

She did not disclose whether the notes were from Grenoble Hospital in France, where the former racing driver was taken following his accident on 29 December, or from University Hospital Lausanne, in Switzerland, where he was transferred last week.

The 45-year-old was skiing with his friends and family in Meribel, in the French Alps, when he suffered severe head injuries.

Last week, Schumacher was moved to the Swiss location - which is nearer to his family home - after he emerged from his coma after six months.

He is expected to stay at the facility for a long period of time, according to Darcy Christen, head of media at CHUV Lausanne.

At the time, a source close to the Schumacher family said the sportsman was drifting “in and out of consciousness” and is still unable to talk - countering claims by German newspaper Bild that he was communicating and had responded to his wife's voice.

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