Grenoble hospital, where Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is being treated for a head injury from a ski accident since December last year, has denied rumours that the seven-time champion racer has died. (A month after accident, Schumacher's fate remains uncertain)
According to a report in Daily Star, a representative from the hospital spoke to the media and said that Schumacher was still alive and that doctors were trying to bring him out of induced coma. (Schumacher being woken up from induced coma: Reports)
The statement came after rumours of Schumacher's death began to spread in the social media, prompting the hospital to react quickly and refute such claims. (Michael Schumacher's awakening not guaranteed: Doctors)
Earlier, UK's The Telegraph reported that Schumacher had 'blinked' and 'responded to 'instructions' and his manager Sabine Kehm issued a statement saying, "Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take a long time."
On December 29, Schumacher appears to have skied on a partially covered rock, lost his balance and fell further down and hit his head on another rock, the impact of which, smashed his helmet in two.
Ever since, he has been in coma at the Grenoble hospital, where he was sedated and his body temperature was cooled to around 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) to ease the risk of further damage to the brain.
Story first published on: Monday, 10 February 2014 11:21 IST