Michael Schumacher, the former F1 champion, has been in a coma for the past three months and his condition is showing “small, encouraging signs,” according to reports this week.
His family this week said they believe he will “wake up” from the medically induced coma that resulted after he severely injured his head while skiing in the French Alps in December. Most medically induced comas last about three weeks, experts have pointed out in previous reports.
“We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up,” said Michael Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehn told CNN. “There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient.”
He was put into a coma to reduce the swelling in his brain after he hit his head.
Schumacher, 45, retired from Formula One racing in 2012 after winning seven championships.
“Michael has suffered severe injuries,” Kehn continued. “It is very hard to comprehend for all of us that Michael, who had overcome a lot of precarious situations in the past, has been hurt so terribly in such a banal situation.”
She added: “It was clear from the start that this will be a long and hard fight for Michael. We are taking this fight on together with the team of doctors, whom we fully trust. The length of the process is not the important part for us.”
Kehm said that the support expressed by fans was encouraging.
It is heart-warming to see how much sympathy his family is shown and I can say the family is extremely grateful for it,” she told Sky Sports. “However, it should not be forgotten Michael’s family is dealing with an extremely intimate and fragile situation. And I would like to remind all of us Michael has always actively kept his family out of the public eye and consequently protected their private lives.”
She said that the family and management team is trying “to channel all the energies we have toward Michael and we firmly believe this will help him, and we believe he will also win this fight.”
But just a few days ago, Schumacher’s wife Corinna and other family members were told that his chances of recovery are slim.
The family is believed to be concerned that he will spend the rest of his life in a vegetative state, sources told The Daily Telegraph. His management at the time stressed there was no change in his condition.
Schumacher is “still in a wake up phase,” Kehm told The Associated Press.
Neurologists nott involved in his treatment have told AP that his chances of recovery are not great due to how long he’s spent in the coma.
“The family has been told that only a miracle can bring him back now,” a senior German journalist, who was not named, was quoted as saying by The Telegraph. “He is in a bad way, but until the family issues a formal statement, we cannot publish anything.”