Michael Schumacher update: Family remains silent on the F1 world champion's current state of health

(Reuters/Tony Gentile)Photo of Michael Schumacher during a press conference at the Mugello racetrack in Scarperia, central Italy, January 24, 2006

The immediate family of Formula 1 (F1) race car driver Michael Schumacher continues to remain mum on his latest health condition. Fans are becoming anxious and remain very eager to find out how the world-renowned driver will come out of his near-death experience.

The 47-year-old Schumacher and F1 legend encountered an accident three years ago while skiing with his family in the Alps that resulted to severe head injuries. He was in a medically induced coma for six months before he was finally released to go home in Switzerland where his family continues to care for him. The family has given no confirmation on rumors that Schumacher is paralyzed and unable to speak.

An Express UK article mentioned that the family's spokesperson Sabine Kehm said, "Private things will continue to remain private." With that, avid fans of Schumacher would have to wait for further official announcements regarding his recovery and present state.

The same source reported that Gerd Kramer, Schumacher's first sponsor and former chief of sports marketing for Mercedes, revealed that the champion F1 racer is "completely shielded by his family." "He is in a more than difficult situation, and it would take a miracle to see him in public again," Kramer said.

On the other hand, Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezelmo expressed that he is very pleased to know that Schumacher is responding well to treatment. "I know how strong he is. I'm sure that thanks to this determination, which will be crucial, he will come out from this very, very difficult situation," he said.

Meanwhile, a verdict on a case filed by Schumacher's family against the German weekly magazine Bunte is expected to be released end of this month. Bunte reported that the driver can walk again and cited an unnamed friend of Schumacher, according to The Guardian. The family's lawyer Felix Damm was forced to clarify the report in court and said "he cannot walk." "Such speculation is irresponsible because given the seriousness of his injuries, his privacy is very important for Michael. Unfortunately, they also give false hopes to many involved people," Kehm said in the same article.

On a lighter note, it might interest fans to know that Schumacher's 17-year-old son Mick is making waves as a racing athlete after coming in second in the Formula 4 championship just recently. Clearly, Mick is setting out to follow in his father's footsteps as he targets to race in Formula Three. The older Schumacher raced in karting when he started out and eventually moved on to F3 and F1 racing.