Schumacher responsive as doctors to start waking him from induced coma


Doctors treating seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher for injuries suffered during a skiing accident have started lowering his sedation level to wake him up from an artificial coma and first signs are positive.

The most successful Formula 1 champion of all time, has been in a critical but stable condition for more than four weeks in a hospital in the eastern French city of Grenoble.

Schumacher has “blinked” and is “responding to simple instructions” according to the latest unofficial developments to emerge from the Grenoble hospital, after the Formula 1 legend’s manager confirmed reports doctors are attempting to ease Schumacher out of his month-long coma.

Sabine Kehm surrounded by media earlier this month

Sabine Kehm surrounded by media earlier this month

France’s L’Equipe, having broken the news about the awakening process, now reports on Thursday that the great German has “blinked” his eyes as Dr Emmanuel Gay performed neurological reflex tests.

And Britain’s Sky News quoted unnamed sources as saying the former Mercedes and Ferrari driver was now “responding to simple instructions”.

Earlier his spokesperson, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement, “Michael’s sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking-up process, which may take (a) long time.”

The accident prompted an outpouring of concern from fans of the German racing driver, who has undergone two operations.

Michael Schumacher

A spokeswoman for the hospital declined to make any further comment on Schumacher’s condition on Thursday.

Investigators have been trying to determine how fast Schumacher was skiing when he hit the rock. French police have said that the slope was properly marked.

Schumacher, who turned 45 earlier this month, won a record 91 grand prix victories.

He left the sport last year after a disappointing three-year comeback with Mercedes following an earlier retirement from Ferrari at the end of 2006. (Reuters-GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    I hope Michael recovers fully. Best wishes to Michael & Corinna Schumacher, also the rest of his family.

  • sarahsdadjeff

    Forza Michael.

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  • Tamburello_1994

    Happy New Year Michael.

  • Superseven

    Great news. Wishing him the best for a full recovery.

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  • StevetheGreat

    Bullsh!t tabloid reporting here. No one with any connection or access to Schumi or his doctors or medical records is making these “positive signs” comments. Just saying.

    I’d still love to see Schumi make his biggest comeback ever, though!!!

  • sbatterm

    It sounds like he is in better shape than Red Bull is. Good news all around!

  • SpeedoReido

    ANY response is a positive response at this point. It may take weeks to wake up. My brother-in-law was in a coma for a month and it took that long. Talking to him constantly and touching him was eventually the key. How fragile we are…

  • Frank Burns

    @sbatterm 31 January, 2014 at “It sounds like he is in better shape than Red Bull is. Good news all around!”

    I can’t believe you would say something as offensive like that…doesn’t this place have any moderators??

    And how do we really know the shape Mike Schumi is in, since his manager keeps rubisshing press reports that seem accurate but she suggests are untrue, only to later confirm them?

    Still, @sbatterm, you should be ashamed of yourself, to say that Red Bulls are in as bad of shape as Herr Schumacher. :(

  • Jochen Peiper

    Here is Germany, Sabine Kehm is being held in the great contempt by the profesional media, who are accusing of her the propagandizing of the story of Schumacher, rather than to tell the simple truth.

    Frankly, it finds disappointment to see obfuscating that is then followed by the admission of truth. … We think the reality is that Schumacher is likely to face the severe cognitive deficient, and Kehm is trying to prevent the ultimate knowing of this for as long as possible.

    We continue to hope for the best though, but our history is teaching us not to expect falsely the miracles.

  • Jochen Peiper

    I am must saying though that is the full-recovery for which I am hoping, and the report on ARD ( last night was surprizzng.