Wake-up delay for Schumacher not a bad sign say experts

Motorsports: FIA Formula One World Championship 2012, Grand Prix of Bahrain

At least a week after doctors began trying to wake Michael Schumacher from his coma, there have been no official updates about the great German’s condition.

But that, according to a German publication that has been following the story in detail, is not necessarily a bad sign.

“It is neither a good nor a bad sign that there has been no communication on the progress of the recovery process,” said the newsmagazine Focus.

“The waking-up can take days, weeks and even months, depending on how quickly the body breaks down the anaesthetic.”

Some well-known Formula 1 figures, however, interpreted the news about the beginning of the waking-up process as a positive sign.

“No one from a distance can assess the situation,” Mercedes Chairman Niki Lauda told the Swiss newspaper Blick, “but I am happy that at last there is a positive message.”

Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz agreed: “I can only hope that this is good news.” (GMM)

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