Motorsport

Schumi reports unfounded

2014-04-26 12:10
Michael Schumacher (File)
Grenoble - Speaking to German Publication Bild, Michael Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, has denied reports that Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion has emerged from his coma.

Reports had claimed earlier that Schumacher had emerged from his coma and was able to recognise his wife, however the reports have been discovered to be unfounded.

The 45 year-old suffered a severe brain haemorrhage after a skiing accident in the French Alps in December last year and was put into an induced coma to reduce swelling on his brain.

Doctors in the Grenoble hospital had previously described his condition as 'critical but stable', but the German has shown steady signs of improvement, such as being able to breathe unassisted.

The last official progress report on the former world champion was on 13 April when Kehm said:

"There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress".

"There are moments when he is awake and moments when he is conscious, which make us happy and give us great courage. Of course I am not a doctor, but medically, there is a distinction between being awake and being conscious, the latter meaning there is an ability to interact with his surroundings.

"I don't want to disclose details out of respect for the family, but we have no doubt at all in the abilities of the doctors treating Michael, they are experts in their field."

Kehm stressed that any interaction with Schumacher is "on a very limited basis" and added that "a medical prognosis is not possible" due to the nature of his brain injury.

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