Reports evolving out of France regarding the condition of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher is that he is now “responding to instructions” as he is very tentatively brought out of his intensive coma.
Word is that the 45-year-old has “blinked” as medics begin the slow and very difficult process of bringing him back to a state of consciousness after his horrific skiing accident on December 29.
The German has responded “positively”, according to “very reliable sources” (cited by French newspaper L’Equipe) after undergoing a number of neurological tests that commenced on Monday.
The medical team at Grenoble University Hospital have now begun the process of ending his coma and slowly reducing the required dosage of anaesthetics he was reliant upon.
According to L’Equipe: “After gradually reducing the sedation of the patient, the team of Professor Emmanuel Gay [the medic overseeing Schumacher’s treatment] has been doing neurological tests since Monday. During this first stage, the patient blinked.”
Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm has said: “Michael’s sedation has recently been reduced to initiate a process of awakening which may take a long time.
“To protect the family, initially it was clearly agreed between all parties only to disclose this medical information once this process was consolidated.
“The family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the sympathy they have received from around the world.”