Michael Schumacher stolen medical records linked to Swiss helicopter company

The Zurich-based firm was due to transport the racing driver from Grenoble to Lausanne hospital

Michael Schumacher’s missing medical records have been linked to a Swiss helicopter firm in Zurich.

French authorities have located the IP address of the computer used by thieves, who stole the former racing driver’s documents last month, to a helicopter company that was due to transport the Formula One champion from Grenoble to Lausanne hospital after he emerged from his coma.

“The IP address was located in a helicopter firm in the Zurich area,” the prosecutor's office in Grenoble said, declining to give the name of the company.

The thieves had attempted to sell the records to French, Swiss and German journalists, demanding 60,000 Swiss francs (€49,000 or £39,000) for the documents, which detailed Schumacher’s treatment.

Sabina Kehm, the racing driver’s manager, threatened to sue any publication who ran the records, which are confidential.

“We expressly advise that both the purchase and the publication of such documents and data is forbidden,” said Kehm in a statement.

“The contents of any medical files are totally private and confidential and must not be 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.”

In June, Schumacher came out of his coma, six months after a skiing accident that left him with serious head injuries.

However, leading medical expert Erich Riederer warned that Schumacher “will remain an invalid for the rest of his life” and will have suffered “permanent” brain damage.

Last weekend, Schumacher’s wife, Corrina – who has been married to the racing driver for 18 years – made her first appearance since the near-fatal accident at a horse riding event in Givrins, Switzerland.

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