Seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher’s condition may change as doctors begin to bring him out of a medically induced Coma. Schumacher has been in a coma since he hit his head while skiing in the French Alps late last year.
“Michael’s sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take a long time,” a statement released on behalf of Schumacher’s family said.
Schumacher has been held in Grenoble’s University Hospital in France since he hit his head on a rock on December 29. He was operated on after being rushed to the hospital immediately following the accident.
A message from the family was also included in the statement requesting for continued privacy for Scumacher and thanking fans for their support.
“The family of Michael Schumacher is again requesting to respect its privacy and the medical secret, and to not disturb the doctors treating Michael in their work,” added the statement. “At the same time, the family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the world-wide sympathy.”
No further information on the racing legends condition has been released, though reports suggest waking Schumacher could send him into a vegetative state.