Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is gradually being brought out of his medically-induced coma by doctors at the University Hospital in Grenoble, France according to Formula1.com. Schumacher has been in a coma since December following a skiing accident in France, and the waking up process will reportedly be slow, according to a statement by the Schumacher family.
“Michael’s sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take a long time,” reads the statement. “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.” The Schumacher family did express its appreciation for support from fans around the world.
Schumacher was hospitalized in December after a skiing accident in the French Alps. He reportedly suffered a brain hemorrhage and was placed in the induced coma after surgery.
Michael Schumacher won the Formula One world championships seven times during his 25-year career in motorsports. Schumacher raced for Ferrari between 1996 to 2006, and announced his retirement in 2007. He then served as a racing advisor for the Ferrari team, before re-joining F1 in 2009 as a substitute for an injured Ferrari driver. This prompted Schumacher to re-join Formula One on a more permanent basis in 2010 with the Mercedes-Benz team, where he stayed until 2012.
Stay tuned for more updates on Schumacher’s condition as they become available.