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Schumacher’s file ‘stolen from French hospital’

An investigation is underway at the French hospital where Michael Schumacher had been receiving treatment after part of the former racing driver’s medical file was stolen. Reports say documents have since been offered to various media groups for €48,000.

Schumacher’s file 'stolen from French hospital'
Part of Michael Schumacher's health file has been stolen from a hospital in Grenoble, where he was receiving treatment. Photo: AFP

French prosecutors have confirmed that the hospital in Grenoble has filed a complaint after medical documents and data on Schumacher were stolen earlier this month.

The former Formula One star had been receiving treatment at the hospital after suffering a life-threatening injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps in December.

Schumacher was recently moved from the hospital in Grenoble to a clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland where he will continue his recovery from the accident.

But Schumacher’s entourage are concerned that private details on the German’s state of health have been pilfered and data has reportedly been offered to various French, German and English media groups for €48,000.

Sabine Kehm a spokeswoman for the German said: “For some days, documents and data, which the seller claims are the medical records of Michael Schumacher, have been made available to certain members of the media in return for payment.

“We cannot say whether these documents are genuine. But the fact is documents have been stolen and the theft has been reported and the authorities are investigating,” said Kehm.

She warned that Schumacher’s family would pursue legal action against any media organisation which publishes any of the documents.

“The purchase of these records and their publication are forbidden,” Kehm said. “The information in the file is highly confidential and cannot be made available to the public.”

Details around the theft remain vague. According to regional French newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré, the first two pages from a ten page file on Schumacher have been stolen.

According to German newspaper Bild Zeitung the seller claims the stolen pages contain information about the surgery that Schumacher underwent whilst in Grenoble.

“We cannot say whether these documents are genuine. But the fact is documents have been stolen and the theft has been reported and the authorities are investigating,” said Kehm.

Doctors at the Grenoble hospital put Schumacher in a medically-induced coma after the December 29th accident in which he hit his head on a rock while skiing with his son and a group of friends.
 
Initial reports had claimed that Schumacher had been going fast at the time of the accident which occurred just a few metres off the piste, but a probe by French investigators revealed that they were not too concerned by his speed and that his equipment and signage were not to blame.
 
The 45-year-old had two operations the days after the accident to remove life-threatening blood clots on his brain.
 
Schumacher's family has repeatedly called on the media not to intrude so he can continue his recovery "away from the public eye".

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FORMULA ONE

Manager blasts French Schumacher story

On the one-year anniversary of Formula One racing great Michael Schumacher's skiing accident in France, his manager is warning that reports on Schumacher's health in a French newspaper are false.

Manager blasts French Schumacher story
Formula One champion Michael Schumacher skiing. Photo: DPA
Sabine Kehm, Schumacher's manager, told Bild that there was no way the information in Le Parisien was credible. 
 
Former Formula One driver Philippe Streiff told the French daily on Sunday that the German seven-time racing champion was "communicating with this eyes" and that while he's recognizing his family again, he still has "big problems with his memory." 
 
He added that physically, Schumacher was working on sitting up on his own. 
 
Streiff cited his friendship with Schumacher's doctor, Gérard Saillant as the source of this information. He also said he had contact with Corinna Schumacher, Michael's wife of nearly 20 years.
 
"The statements of Philippe Streiff can only make me wonder. He definitely does not have contact with Professor Saillant and definitely not with Corinna." 
 
Streiff also called Schumacher "my friend", saying that he worked with the Schumachers in 2010 when they founded the Brain and Spine Institute in Paris (ICM), where he also works.
 
Furthermore, Streiff lives in Grenoble, where Schumacher was first hospitalised after a freak skiing accident put him into a six-month-long coma. 
 
"I was there," Streiff told Le Parisien. 
 
Michael Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm. Photo: DPA
 
This only provoked further ire for Schumacher's spokesperson. 
 
"There is absolutely no contact with the Schumacher family. There has never been a friendship between Mr Streiff and Michael," Kehm said. 
 
It's been one year since the German Formula One ace suffered severe head injuries while skiing with this family in the French Alps.
 
After being in a coma for half a year, Schumacher is "making progress appropriate to the severity of his situation, but it will be a difficult and long process," Kehm said in November in an interview with broadcaster RTL. 
 
Schumi, as he is known in Germany, has been recovering in his home in Gland, Switzerland.
 
His family say they were "confident and hoping for the best" for his recovery. 
 
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