As he has with so many race tracks over the years, Michael Schumacher has bested pneumonia. The potentially deadly lung infection which we reported on yesterday was, according to German paper Bild and the UK's The Daily Mail, actually part of an earlier complication in the seven-time World Champion's recovery, and it has already been treated. According to the paper, the complications and pneumonia "no longer spell an acute danger," which is the best Schumacher-related news we've heard in some time.
Following the reports that Schumacher was fighting the pneumonia, his family and management team issued their first statement in several weeks:
While the fact that Schumacher has beaten pneumonia is a much-needed piece of good news, the F1 champ is still deep in the woods. As previously reported, since the "waking up" process has been started, doctors have allegedly been unable to elicit anything but reflex responses from Schumacher. Of course, we'll be sure to update if any additional information becomes available.
"Michael's family would like to again express their sincere thanks for the continuous sympathy coming from all over the world," an official statement said. The good wishes they receive help the family and we are convinced they also help Michael, who still is in a waking-up process.
As often in such situations, no day is like the next. The family is thankful for one's understanding that they would not wish to disclose medical details in order to protect Michael's privacy. As assured from the beginning, we will continue to communicate any decisive new information on Michael's health state. We are aware that the wake-up phase can take a long time.
The family continues to strongly believe in Michael's recovery and place all their trust in the doctors, nurses and nursing auxiliaries team. The important thing is not the speed of the recovery but that Michael's healing process progresses in a continuous and controlled way."