News about seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher continues to worsen as he is now being treated for pneumonia. The doctors discovered the infection last week and have administered him with an antibiotics regimen in hopes to mitigate the life-threatening illness. The discovery came at an especially bad time in Schumacher's recovery because doctors have taken him off of the drugs that kept him in an artificial coma since the December skiing accident.

The report first appeared in the German newspaper Bild-Zeitung, and there has been no comment from the Schumacher family. Pneumonia can be potentially deadly, especially for immobile patients in hospitals, because it limits a patient's ability to breath and weakens the immune system. Bild-Zeitung also spoke to doctors unrelated to the Schumacher case who advised that pneumonia is generally treated with antibiotics for 7-10 days and improvement can be seen in as soon as 3 days.

The champ is now under observation in hopes that he displays any deliberate action, but so far, his only movements have been reflexive reactions. Schumacher was in a medically induced coma for roughly a month following his accident, and there have been concerns that he could remain in a vegetative state for the rest of his life. Still, many people counted Schumacher out soon after his accident, but he continued to fight. If his racing days are any indication, it would be foolish to bet against him.

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      Here's hoping he can hang in there and make a full recovery.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wake up Schumi!
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      Good Luck Michael!
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      FWIW, as I understand it pneumonia is extremely common for coma patients; most who are in a coma beyond a couple days do get it at some point.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not saying I'm not paying attention to the tabloid reports either, but I would have hoped a quality site like Autoblog would clearly state that these reports are rumour/speculation and not confirmed by any official source.
        Ajr Ajr
        • 1 Year Ago
        journalistic integrity is not one of Autoblog's qualities
      Graingers Rock
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow Karl! What an A-hole! Spend your time on the Nascar blogs & Shut Up !!! U R A Jerk
      Fat man
      • 1 Year Ago
      most likely a nosocomial infection.......these strains of bacteria lingering in hospitals has accounted for many deaths from pneumonia......alot of people down play this kind infection, but is very deadly.....ive lost 2 family member from pneumonia because they played it off as it if it was a common cold....
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damnit, it's like Colin McRae - long career of a super dangerous racing job and he dies doing something on his own time :(
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait, AB. Your source is a German tabloid? Scraping the bottom of the barrel these days.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is amazing how all you professional drivers out there know everything there is to know about racing. Your comments are quite disgusting for the most part. We all need to hope the best for Michael and not make inane comments. You know who you are, and shame on you....
      • 1 Year Ago
      i was lucky enough to have meet michale at the winter national a few years ago,i have to say what a real young man. we will be praying for you.hang in there mike.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a false story. Sabine Kehm (his manager) confirmed this immediately after the tabloid ran the story. Pneumonia would of killed a person in Schumacher's state almost instantly. It might be a good idea to take this "article" down.
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