It is perhaps now the most crucial time in Michael Schumacher's recovery. The seven-time Formula One World Champion, who was injured in a skiing accident at the end of December and has been kept in a medically induced coma, is reportedly going to have his sedation reduced in an attempt to begin "the waking up process."

We last reported on Schumacher's condition when doctors who weren't associated with the German's medical teams at Grenoble University Hospital speculated that the driver could remain in a persistent vegetative state even after sedation had been withdrawn. Patients that are in induced comas beyond eight days have been known to suffer memory loss, or in worst-case scenarios, to never wake up. Schumi has been in a coma for over a month, meaning there could be severe neurological deficits if he manages to come out of it.

"Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take a long time," a statement from Schumacher's management team read. "For the protection of the family, it was originally agreed by the interested parties to communicate this information only once this process was consolidated."

It's unclear when more information on Schumacher's condition will be released. As always, as soon as more information becomes available, we'll be sure to let you know.


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      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 10 Months Ago
      Prayers for Schumacher that he have a complete and full recovery.
      dohc73
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's amazing how risky skiing is as an activity especially when you consider what his line of work is and what ultimately put him in this position. Hope he survives this.
        JaredN
        • 10 Months Ago
        @dohc73
        Oddly enough, I've hurt myself worse using a computer (back, arm/wrist overuse injuries) than I ever did skiing. Go figure.
      Eric B
      • 10 Months Ago
      Schumacher is a public figure. I am not sure why you think it is unethical to report on his medical condition?
        TahsinZ
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Eric B
        Some people will find a reason to complain about anything.
      Stinkyboy
      • 10 Months Ago
      Good Luck!
      rcavaretti
      • 10 Months Ago
      Fingers crossed.
      Gohar R Awan
      • 10 Months Ago
      Good luck Micahel and get well soon, you have a lot of well wishers praying for your complete and speedy recovery here in Pakistan.
      Rr778
      • 10 Months Ago
      I feel bad that Brandon Turkus and autoblog are trying to drive readership with stories like this. It's always a shame when journalistic integrity and privacy are tossed aside in hopes of driving readership and advertisement revenue Profiting from a trajedy is sad.
        JaredN
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Rr778
        There are a great many F1 fans here on Autoblog, and I suspect I speak for many of them when I say that I appreciate Autoblog keeping my up to date on Schumi's condition.
        A Middle American
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Rr778
        Autoblog has been nothing but respectful of the situation. They, as automotive enthusiasts like their readers, are concerned about Mr. Schumacher's recovery. And, news is what they do. Mr. Schumacher's condition is news. Your comment is what is sad.
      timber
      • 10 Months Ago
      One last race to win champ. Good luck
      Cory Stansbury
      • 10 Months Ago
      Godspeed Schumi. You've gotta run the next 15 laps at qualifying pace before the pit. I trust that won't be a problem.
      Rr778
      • 10 Months Ago
      Jared and middle Autoblog could choose to donate the advertisement revenue generated by this story to charity instead of profiting from the trajedy that has occurred to this individual and his family.
        Andrew Pappas
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Rr778
        I wish him and his family the best. Note that the term reportedly is used in the article. And also note that it is a statement from the family on his treatment that is referenced. The family asked for privacy...and since then I only recall one article that concerned a doctor saying the longer he's in the coma , the worse a sign it is. This is an article relating the family's public statement. Is news exploitative at times...yes. this is not one of those times and it cheapens your argument using this as an example.
        JaredN
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Rr778
        Autoblog is a news organization. They are not the only news organization reporting on the health of a public figure. It isn't unethical for a news organization to report on the health of a public figure.
          Rr778
          • 10 Months Ago
          @JaredN
          Just because something is legal doesn't make it ethical.
      Lachmund
      • 10 Months Ago
      Show them Schumi!
      • 10 Months Ago
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