Formula One

 
              === Schumacher being brought out of induced coma ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - Doctors  treating Michael  Schumacher are  beginning to
 bring  the seven-time  Formula One world champion out of his medically-induced
 coma  one  month after  he suffered  a traumatic brain  injury during a skiing
 accident.
 
 Schumacher's  manager,  Sabine Kehm, released  a statement on Thursday, saying
 "Michael's  sedation is  being reduced  in  order to  allow the  start of  the
 waking-up process, which may take a long time."
 
 Kehm  also noted,  "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."
 
 Schumacher's  accident  occurred on Dec.  29 at the  Meribel ski resort in the
 French  Alps. The 45-year-old German hit his head on a rock when he fell while
 skiing  off-piste. His skis struck a rock, causing him to fall. Schumacher has
 been treated at Grenoble University Hospital in Grenoble, France.
 
 The last medical update on Schumacher came nearly two weeks ago when Kehm said
 Schumacher  was  in "stable" condition but  nowhere in her update did the word
 "critical" appear.
 
 In  her latest statement, Kehm continued to plea to the media not to speculate
 on Schumacher's condition or treatment and respect the privacy of his family.
 
 "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," Kehm  said. "At  the  same time,  the family  wishes to  express
 sincere appreciation for the world-wide sympathy."
 
 01/30 11:48:09 ET

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