Michael Schumacher's Identity At Risk Over Stolen Medical Records; Family to Press Charges, Says Manager Sabine Kehm
By Rachelle Corpuz | June 24, 2014 3:33 PM EST
Formula One Legend Michael Schumacher's identity is at risk after it has been revealed that his medical records are stolen and now up for sale.
Sabine Kehm, Schumacher's manager, made an official statement on June 23 confirming several documents were indeed taken without permission and currently being offered for sale.
Ferrari Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany celebrates after taking the pole position at the end of the qualifying session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Sakhir racetrack in Manama in this March 11, 2006 file picture.
Kehm said the alleged thief claims to have the medical records of Schumacher. But it still unclear whether the perpetrator has the genuine data or not.
"However, the documents are clearly stolen," Kehm noted. She added the crime has already been reported and authorities are now investigating the matter.
Schumacher's management will reportedly press charges against the person who will be caught selling the former seven-time world champion's confidential medical records.
In a news report by Bild, a German news oultlet, the athelete's records were allegedly being offered in various media publications in Germany, England and France.
The seller was asking for a minimum price of 60,000 CHF or equivalent to AU$ 71,000. The medical abstract detailing Schumacher's surgical operation was reportedly one of the documents that were stolen.
Kehm can't help but feel "horrified and disgusted" by such illegal misconduct and urged everyone not to purchase Schumacher's medical data. She expressly pointed out that the medical records as strictly confidential and should not be made available to the public.
"I can only advise strongly not to buy these documents or to publish them," Kehm said.
"We will, of course, be using all available means against it."
It was not revealed how the records were stolen, but police authorities were looking at the possibility that the files may have been copied from a computer in the Grenoble Hospital.
Schumacher was admitted to Grenoble on Dec. 29 after his skiing crash in the slopes of Meribel.
He was treated in Grenoble for more than five months. On June 16, he was transferred to Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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