Oct 18, 2015 06:00 AM EDT

Michael Schumacher Recovery [LATEST UPDATE]: F1 Legend’s Health Improving? Recognizes Familiar Faces Despite Inability To Speak, Move Independently

With the media blackout about Michael Schumacher still in effect, the only updates the fans know about their favorite Formula One racing hero is that he is making progress in his rehabilitation. Schumacher is currently under the extensive care of 15 medical experts 24/7 at the comforts of his home in Geneva, Switzerland, where a state-of-the-art medical suite was custom-built.

Even though there have been several unconfirmed reports about Michael Schumacher, his family, friends and fans are still hopeful that the 46-year-old F1 superstar could surpass his ordeal caused by an unfortunate skiing accident at the French Alpine resort of Meribel in December 2013. And while his medical expenses have already piled up, his family remains hopeful that they can be able to provide the limitless care he needed in the coming years as his recovery and rehabilitation continues.

Earlier this year, an update emerged that Michael Schumacher has been able to recognize familiar faces. However, he is unable to talk and move independently, International Business Times noted.

"Sometimes a tear rolls down Michael's face," the report said, as per The Telegraph. "He cries when he hears the voice of his children or his wife. Michael has his eyes open but he is often looking into a void. In recent times he has been able to recognize the familiar faces of his family but he cannot communicate with them. He does not speak and he is not able to perform movements independently. He reacts to external stimuli but for now can only answer a familiar voice by opening his eyes."

While Schumacher's health is reportedly improving, many are still questioning if his $800 million net worth could sustain his costly recovery.

"The real score on Schumacher's health is of utmost importance," a report claimed, Daily Express quoted. "The money they have could be insufficient if recovery is not progressing. As far as Schumacher's real state is concerned, there are alleged reports that he now only weighs 45 kilograms and is unable to walk on his own."

Despite having the best possible care available, Michael Schumacher's recovery is still very slow. A new report even claimed that Schumacher's weight is less than 45 kilograms. He is also still unable to talk or walk on his own and doesn't respond well to any stimulus from the outside, as previously reported.

Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm has insisted that he is doing well, but stressed that it's going to take a while for him to even make any drastic improvements, Inquisitr reported.

Meanwhile, Michael Schumacher's family has applied to host the 2016 world championships in reining, a western-style riding competition. Agence France-Presse (via The National) reported the Schumachers are well-equipped to host the world championships next August on their custom-built ranch at the family home in Givrins, Switzerland. Since 2014, they have hosted the junior European championships.

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