Written by Staff Writer
30 Jan, 2014 | 7:08 pm
Michael Schumacher’s manager says 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.
Schumacher was skiing in the French Alpine resort of Meribel on Dec. 29 when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock.
Surgeons performed two operations to remove blood clots around his brain since when he has been kept in a coma. Since then he has been in an induced comas in Grenoble University Hospital.
His manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement Thursday that “Michael’s sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take long time.”
Professor Gary Hartstein, a former F1 doctor who worked with Schumacher, told the BBC it “was extremely unlikely” that Schumacher would regain his previous level of health but said his current condition was encouraging.
“The fact that he is still sedated and not in an unsedated coma is better news than I expected,” Hartstein said.
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