It's been a running theme throughout Formula One driver Michael Schumacher's recovery from a tragic skiing accident - if word doesn't come from the German's family, management or medical teams, it should not be taken as fact. Germany's Focus magazine and a few other outlets are learning just such a lesson after claiming that doctors at Grenoble University Hospital had abandoned the process of waking the seven-time World Champion from the coma that's gripped him since a skiing accident on December 29.
Focus originally claimed that unforeseen complications had arisen, forcing doctors to put the delicate process of waking Schumacher on hold. That decision left some informed observers, like former F1 medical delegate Dr. Gary Hartstein, rather confused.
@natyxxo I read the story. It makes no sense. Should be ignored until such time as real info is provided. Hard to imagine why they'd do that- Gary Hartstein (@former_f1doc) February 23, 2014
As it turned out, the confusion was warranted, with Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, going so far as to issue a statement saying the German's condition was "unchanged."
"This phase can take a long time, which, much to our regret, can lead to many misinterpretations," Kehm said, according to The Daily Mail.
Schumacher has been in the hospital for nearly eight weeks. It's been three weeks since doctors decided to begin withdrawing sedation in a bid to wake the German driver up, and less than two weeks since reports that Schumacher had contracted and beaten pneumonia. Of course, we'll be sure to keep you updated if any (official) information becomes available.