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Doctors trying to bring Schumacher out of coma

India Schumacher Injured

Michael Schumacher's doctors have started the process of bringing the former Formula One champion out of the coma he has been in since a skiing accident a month ago, his manager said Thursday.

The 45-year-old Schumacher suffered serious head injuries when he fell and hit the right side of his helmet on a rock in the French resort of Meribel on Dec. 29. The seven-time F1 champion has been in an induced coma in Grenoble University Hospital since then, although his condition stabilized following surgery after initially being described as critical.

And now doctors are slowly trying to wake him up.

"Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take a long time," Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement.

One reason for reducing the sedation is to see if the swelling has gone down in the patient's brain and to assess what level of functions has been retained.

Kehm said she was only providing an update now on Schumacher's condition to clarify media leaks, and that no further details would be provided. French newspaper l'Equipe first reported on Wednesday that doctors had started waking Schumacher.

"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," Kehm said. "At the same time, the family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the worldwide sympathy. ... 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."

Schumacher was being kept artificially sedated and his body temperature was lowered to between 34 and 35 degrees Celsius (93.2 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit), to reduce swelling in the brain, reduce its energy consumption and allow it to rest.

Schumacher earned universal acclaim for his uncommon and sometimes ruthless driving talent, which led to a record 91 race wins. He retired from Formula One in 2012 after garnering an unmatched seven world titles.

Schumi, as his fans affectionately call him, was famously aggressive on the track and no less intense away from driving. In retirement, he remained an avid skydiver, horseback rider, and skier.

The accident happened on a family vacation in the Alps as Schumacher was skiing with his 14-year-old son.

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jwyola January 30 2014 at 12:48 PM

Our prayers remain with Michael and his family

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Rick Elkin January 30 2014 at 11:14 AM

Let's all hope that Schumi comes out of this okay. It is amazing to think that he survived such a long and illustrious career in such a dangerous sport only to have such a horrific injury while on vacation . My prayers and hopes are with him.

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ernestosampaio January 30 2014 at 10:37 AM

Now he is in his toughest race, the rece for life. Let's force Champion!

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dave1marine January 30 2014 at 9:28 AM

Already I see comments screeching about this mans wealth and ability to pay for the best health care available. This man EARNED his money through his talent and hard work. Get off of your a**, stop whining, and use YOUR talents to do the same. SUCCEEDING in life is NOT a crime.

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cireneed.flpdog January 30 2014 at 3:09 PM

Certainly one of the greatest drivers ever. It is so ironic that after so many years on international race circuits, a skiing accident should be his most critical accident.
Many people are so critical of the dangers inherent in motorcycle and auto racing, yet many "everyday activities" undertaken by the average person can also be amazingly dangerous.
Best wishes to Michael and family!

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hartpeterson54 January 30 2014 at 12:22 PM

Schumacher,aka.The Stig (BBC Top Gear) Is a great talent, a great example for being successful, His name is included on a list of other great drivers ever, Only the best of thoughts, wishes and Prayer, for you and yours, please recover and return to enjoy a full life . JP

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ernestosampaio January 30 2014 at 10:30 AM

Ele está vivendo a maior corrida de seu vida, corrida pela vida!

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ernestosampaio January 30 2014 at 10:24 AM

Ele está vivendo a maior corrida de seu vida, corrida pela vida! Vamos que vamos, Schumacher.

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JTTW January 30 2014 at 9:48 AM

God Bless Michael .

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kastmaster2105 January 30 2014 at 9:25 AM

I was just reading the news of a Detroit Lions Football player suing the NFL and Ridell helmet maker for his Concussion issues. Wonder if this driver will follow suit if he regains his facalties? If he does not recover, I can forsee his family doing this. Most of all I hope the guy makes a full recovery. Having fun enjoying a sport latley has been turning into tragedy for a lot of folks. Most folks injuries are not heard about, ONLY if your famous. Good luck Schu

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asronce kastmaster2105 January 30 2014 at 10:12 AM

Skiing is inherently dangerous..when you buy your lift ticket you are saying you understand this and assume all responsibility and liabilities and hold harmless the resort and their agents.

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realrambo asronce January 30 2014 at 12:45 PM

Different helmet different purpose , a hemet fot ski is not made for rock , it is assumed the snow will absorb the impact , By the way I was born and raised in these part of France and no one used to wear helmet wether for montain climbing or skying , the helmet certainly saved him as he would have crushed his head on the rock by skying out of the piste , at his own risk ,
I do wish Schumi well no one deserve this .

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DrSingleton kastmaster2105 January 30 2014 at 11:05 AM

What are you talking about? He was a Formula One race driver and his accident was the result of a skiing fall. Who is he supposed to sue? The ski resort? The maker of the skis? Formula One for making him love speed? You've got it all twisted. Very bad comparison.

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