Michael Schumacher being woken up from induced coma: reports

Formula One ace Michael Schumacher's stay in intensive care reached the one-month mark on Wednesday with the legendary driver still in a medically-induced coma whose outcome remains unclear.

Updated: January 31, 2014 00:13 IST
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Michael Schumacher in a file picFormula One legend Michael Schumacher is reportedly being woken up from induced coma, according to French media reports. Schumacher's manager on the other has urged to the public not to pay attention to the 'speculation' but did not deny the report.

L'Equipe, a French daily, reported on Wednesday that Schumacher had "reacted positively" to the medical processes that begun this week at the CHU hospital in the city of Grenoble, where he's been since the December 29 fall. (Read: A month after ski fall, Schumacher's fate remains uncertain)

Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm urged his fans to ignore anything other than the official comments on his health. (Doctors trying to bring Schumacher out of coma: manager)

"I am stressing again any statement regarding Michael's health not coming from the doctors treating him, or from his management, must be considered as speculation," she said. "I repeat, we will not comment on any speculation," she is quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

"Michael Schumacher's condition is still considered as stable," she told she told Le Dauphine Libere, a local newspaper. "I also repeat that Michael's family is very happy and confident with the work of the team of doctors treating Michael, and they trust them completely."

The seven-time world champion's stay in intensive care reached the one-month mark on Wednesday. After his fall at Meribel ski resort in the French Alps, Schumacher was sedated and his body temperature cooled to around 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) to ease the risk of further damage to the brain.

Surgeons at Grenoble University Hospital say they decided on the coma after operating on bleeding and bruising in his brain.

They carried out a post-operative scan that revealed "widespread lesions" on both sides of the brain.

A second operation, to treat bleeding, took place on December 30.

There has been no update on his condition since January 17, when his spokesman Sabine Kehm, said he was still "stable" and that his family had complete trust in his treatment.

Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel said on Tuesday he was hoping for a "miracle and he can be the same guy he was before."

"We still don't know what shape he will be in when he wakes up, which is awful for his family and friends," Vettel told reporters in Jerez in southern Spain.

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