Schumacher's sedation being reduced
30 January 2014 – Michael Schumacher's sedation is being reduced by the doctors treating him to allow "the waking up process" to begin, his long-time manager, Sabine Kehm, confirmed in a statement issued on Thursday.
The seven-time Formula 1 World Champion has been in a medically-induced coma since late December, when he suffered a serious head injury in a skiing accident at the Meribel resort, situated in the French Alps.
"Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take long time," said Kehm, who on Wednesday reiterated that speculative media reports should be ignored.
She added: "For the protection of the family, it was originally agreed by the interested parties to communicate this information only once this process was consolidated. Please note that no further updates will be given."
The Formula 1 paddock has shown its support to Schumacher throughout the opening week of pre-season testing at Jerez, with former teams Ferrari and Mercedes both displaying messages on their new cars.