Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher. (CBS)
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Michael Schumacher's doctors have started
the process of bringing the former Formula One champion out of the coma
he has been in since a skiing accident a month ago, his manager said
The 45-year-old Schumacher suffered serious head
injuries when he fell and hit the right side of his helmet on a rock in
the French resort of Meribel on Dec. 29. The seven-time F1 champion has
been in an induced coma in Grenoble University Hospital since then,
although his condition stabilized following surgery after initially
being described as critical.
And now doctors are slowly trying to wake him up.
sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up
process which may take a long time," Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm,
said in a statement.
INITIAL STORY: Schumacher suffers serious head injury
reason for reducing the sedation is to see if the swelling has gone
down in the patient's brain and to assess what level of functions has
Kehm said she was only providing an update now on
Schumacher's condition to clarify media leaks, and that no further
details would be provided. French newspaper l'Equipe first reported on
Wednesday that doctors had started waking Schumacher.
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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," Kehm said. "At the same time, the family wishes to
express sincere appreciation for the worldwide sympathy. ... 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."
was being kept artificially sedated and his body temperature was
lowered to between 34 and 35 degrees Celsius (93.2 and 95 degrees
Fahrenheit), to reduce swelling in the brain, reduce its energy
consumption and allow it to rest.
Schumacher earned universal
acclaim for his uncommon and sometimes ruthless driving talent, which
led to a record 91 race wins. He retired from Formula One in 2012 after
garnering an unmatched seven world titles.
Schumi, as his fans
affectionately call him, was famously aggressive on the track and no
less intense away from driving. In retirement, he remained an avid
skydiver, horseback rider, and skier.
The accident happened on a family vacation in the Alps as Schumacher was skiing with his 14-year-old son.
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