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Continued thoughts and prayers as they start this process...

Schumacher being brought slowly out of medically induced coma


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.

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Michael Schumacher blinks during brain tests as he wakes from coma -reports

Michael Schumacher blinks during brain tests as he wakes from coma -reports - Independent.ie

30 JANUARY 2014

Michael Schumacher has blinked during brain tests as he is slowly brought out of his month-long coma, according to reports in French newspaper L'Equipe.


Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm confirmed this morning that the former seven-time Formula One world champion was being gradually brought out of an induced coma for th first time since his skiing accident on December 29.

L'Equipe has reported that the driver eblinked his eyes during tests on his brain.

The newspaper wrote: "After gradually reducing the sedation of the patient, the team of head doctor Emmanuel Gay have been testing his neurological reflexes since Monday. During the early stages the patient blinked."

In a statement this morning, Sabine Kehm said: "The family of Michael Schumacher is again requesting for their privacy, and the medical secret, to be respected, and to not disturb the doctors treating Michael in their work.

"At the same time, the family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the sympathy they have received from around the world."

Wife Corinna, who is maintaining a constant bedside vigil, last week issued a heartfelt thank you to all those who continue to send in messages of support, insisting her husband "is a fighter (who) will not give up".

Close friend Felipe Massa, who suffered his own serious head injury in an accident in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009, admitted last week he was praying every day for Schumacher.

In this week's first pre-season test in Jerez, the Mercedes car being driven by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton is carrying the message on the side of the W05 '£KeepFightingMichael'.

Hamilton said: "It's tragic. We are hoping he is going to pull through and we see him sooner rather than later."

Rosberg added: "We have the message on our car because as a team we want to show we are thinking about him, his family and friends, and hoping for the best every day."
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It is very strange doing a search on Michael and the information on the web is a day or two old. The media has become quiet in the wake of the Schumacher family silence. I still check daily though.
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It is very strange doing a search on Michael and the information on the web is a day or two old. The media has become quiet in the wake of the Schumacher family silence. I still check daily though.
There is a bit more in the German media, but its usually speculation as well.
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Schumacher now breathing without respirator

Not sure how factual this is:

Schumacher now breathing without respirator
7 March, 2014

Read more Schumacher now breathing without respirator | Grand Prix 247


Michael Schumacher is now breathing without the aid of a respirator, according to a report in the authoritative La Gazzetta dello Sport.

It is a significant possible development in the seven time world champion’s situation, more than nine weeks into his coma following a skiing fall in late December.

The Formula 1 legend’s manager Sabine Kehm issued an official statement on Friday, warning that any unofficial information about Schumacher’s condition is “not valid”.

“Michael is still in the wake up phase,” the official statement added. “The situation has not changed.”

But the Gazzetta article was penned by the highly respected correspondent Pino Allievi, and at the Geneva motor show, Kehm indicated that Schumacher’s overall situation has improved.

“Michael is out of danger,” she reportedly said, “but the condition is still serious and so it is difficult to say all the risks are gone.

“But it is clear that his condition is no longer as sensitive as at first.”

Allievi, meanwhile, wrote that while Schumacher’s children have now returned to school, Schumacher’s close friends such as Jean Todt and Ross Brawn are alternating at his bedside and speaking to the great German in English, as they did during their ultra-successful Ferrari days.

The report said that during these visits, at which recordings of pit radio conversations and Formula 1 engine sounds are played in order to stimulate his memories, the expression on Schumacher’s face sometimes changes.

And when the doctors are in the room, Schumacher reportedly often grimaces, or his arms move. (GMM)



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Dr. Gary Hartstein says.

Former F1 Doc Dr. Gary Hartstein says that Michaels medical team has made mistakes that almost certainly made his brain trauma worse.

He says he has access to information that is very accurate and also that Michael was taken to the wrong hospital and had to be transfered to a neurosurgical hospital. His opinion of what happned is pretty grim.

His story... Michael Schumacher taken to wrong hospital after ski injury, losing vital time: F1 doctor - NY Daily News

Sabine Kehm says that it is all hog wash, Michael is still recovering and we still have hope for his recovery.

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From CBC News, 4/9/14:
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Friends of Michael Schumacher are encouraged that the former Formula One star is emerging from his months-long coma, but experts and coma survivors note he likely faces a multi-year road to recovery.

“Comas aren’t the way you see them on TV: one day you’re in a coma and the next night you’re sitting up chatting,” said Barb Butler, a former Regina teacher who spent 27 days in a coma following a 1993 car crash.

“It’s a gradual thing. You slowly come out of them.”

On Friday, word came that the retired race car driver, who has been in a medically induced coma for three months following a skiing injury, was experiencing periods of consciousness.

This week, there were some reports suggesting the 45-year-old German racer is responding to voices and making eye contact.

Full article: Michael Schumacher faces long recovery from coma, say survivors - World - CBC News
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Michael Schumacher "showing small signs of progress", according to his manager

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Michael Schumacher is "showing small signs of progress" as he slowly recovers from devastating brain injuries suffered in a skiing accident.

"There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress," Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm told German broadcaster ARD.

"There are moments when he is awake and moments when he is conscious.

"Of course I am not a doctor, but medically, there is a distinction between being awake and being conscious, the latter meaning there is an ability to interact with his surroundings.

"I don't want to disclose details out of respect for the family, but we have no doubt at all in the abilities of the doctors treating Michael, they are experts in their field."

Kehm stressed that any interaction with Schumacher is "on a very limited basis" and added that "a medical prognosis is not possible" due to the nature of his brain injury.

Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma in Grenoble, France, since being badly injured in a skiing accident on December 29 in the French resort of Meribel.

Kehm said Schumacher's family have been touched by a deluge of tributes and support from fans of the Formula One legend, but constant media speculation, particularly in German newspapers, has caused the family some anguish.

"What upsets the family most is media quoting doctors who are not treating Michael and untruths are constructed from these," said Kehm.

"It has been a problem when outsiders comment and it means we have to set the record straight, even when we don't want to."
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