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Michael Schumacher medical records 'for sale'



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Shocking though it may seem, someone has stolen the medical records of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher and could be offering them for sale to the highest bidder. The F1 driver's manager Sabine Kehm told journalists that she wasn't sure whether the person trying to sell the records actually had them. She reiterated that she would press charges if anyone bought or published the genuine documents. She said: "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."

The seven-time F1 champion has only just been brought out of a coma after suffering a traumatic head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps on 29 December. Sky Sports News correspondent Craig Slater reported on how lax the security was at Mr Schumacher's hospital. He said: "Security was very scant indeed and it was distressing. The family had to run a gauntlet of paparazzi every day when they arrived at the hospital, despite repeated pleas for the media to take a step back and to respect Michael Schumacher’s privacy as a patient and a human being." He added that it was sad the family now faced seeing Michael's medical notes "potentially being auctioned over the Internet".

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