Doctors in Grenoble have begun the process of waking Michael Schumacher from his coma, French newspaper L’Equip claims.
The 45-year-old has been in a medically induced come for a month after suffering serious head trauma in a skiing incident at the Meribel resort in France. He was put in the coma to reduce stress on the brain and help his chances of making a full recovery.
L’Equip says doctors began the process of taking him out of the coma earlier this week, and he is so far responding positively. Once Schumacher has been taken out of the coma, doctors will begin to make contact with him, hoping to prompt simple responses from him – such as opening and closing his eyes or clenching a fist.
However, fear still remains that the seven times World Champion could remain in a permanent vegetative state, even if the awakening is successful. Schumacher’s agent, Sabhine Kehm, told reporters that any rumours about Schumacher being in a vegetative state was nothing more speculation.
“I insist again on the fact that any statement on the health of Michael Schumacher that does not come from the medical team in charge or his management is just speculation,” She told media outside the University of Grenoble hospital today.
Schumacher’s family have maintained a bedside vigil since the accident on December 29th.
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