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Schumacher being brought slowly out of medically induced coma

Jan 30, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT

Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher of Germany addresses a news conference ahead of the weekend's Belgian F1 Grand Prix in Spa Francorchamps Reuters

Sabine Kehm, the press officer for Michael Schumacher, has confirmed that doctors are now slowly bringing the seven-time Formula One World Champion out of his medically induced coma.

Schumacher has been in a Grenoble, France hospital since sustaining a major head injury in a skiing accident on Dec. 29 in the French ski resort of Meribel. He has had two operations, the most recent involving the removal of a prominent hematoma.

Today’s statement reads:

“The family of Michael Schumacher is again requesting to respect its privacy and the medical secret, and to not disturb the doctors treating Michael in their work. At the same time, the family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the world-wide sympathy.

“Michael’s sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking-up process, which may take a long time. For the protection of the family, it was originally agreed by the interested parties to communicate this information only once this process was consolidated. Please note that no further updates will be given.”

It marks the first official medical update on Schumacher since he was confirmed to be in a “stable” condition earlier this month.

Schumacher remains in the thoughts of Formula One fans around the world, and the teams currently testing in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain have also shown their support for the stricken champion – including the teams he drove for, Ferrari and Mercedes.

Shortly after today’s confirmation from Kehm, Mercedes tweeted: “We are all closely following the latest news from Grenoble. Our thoughts are with the Schumacher family. #KeepFightingMichael.”

  1. worknman24hours - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    These must be frustrating times for the family as well as Michael.

    With this kind of brain injury, the modern pace of recovery is usually very slow.

    The idea is to bring the patient back up to speed in stages because you want as little stress on the recovering brain as possible.

    Your brain is a like a mass of nerve cells and these nerve cells ,once injured can take a very long time to heal.

    The best thing in any brain injury is to do exactly what was done, prevent as much further injury as possible.

    The wild thing with an head injury is that ,for a long time, things can seem fairly depressing in pace and then the brain finds it’s recovery pace and the person affected comes around.

    Undoubtedly, Michael and his family find themselves in a place they never wanted see, with Michael fighting his way back to health with long odds.

    But Michael’s fought long odds before and beat them for the win.

    Our thoughts and prayers for Michael’s full recovery and for the comfort in this very rough time for his family are sent.

    And as always many thanks to the team of medical people helping Michael heal.

    We fans still have our hero, it’s just that Michael’s season has just started and while the doctors work on the car, Michael is just starting to get ready to do some laps in it.

    Hang Tough Mikey-great to still have you here with us, we can almost hear you revving the engine from here.

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