Michael Schumacher, the seven-time Formula One champ who has been in a medically induced coma for the past 90 days, will fight through it, his manager said in a recent report.
“We remain confident that Michael Schumacher will make it through and wake up,” Sabine Kehm told Bild.de a few days ago, referring to what his family is going through, according to a German translation.
She added, “We will fight for Schumi together with the team of doctors who we trust.” It was the first statement from Kehm in a couple days.
The statement comes after conflicting reports emerged of Kehm saying that Schumacher woke up from his coma and recognized his wife. However, Bild.de journalist Nicola Pohl said the report wasn’t true in the least.
“No, it’s NOT true!” she wrote on Twitter, adding: “Schumacher awake? Sorry, but those Rumors from Spain apparently not true. Kehm just texted me she hadn’t confirmed anything to RTL.”
A report from Russia Today’s Spanish-language website said Schumacher woke up, and it cited Kehm as its source. But even the RT report said that the statement about him waking up is hard to confirm.
Earlier this month, his manager said Schumacher was showing “small signs of consciousness.”
“There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress,” Kehm was quoted by the Daily Telegraph as saying. “There are moments when he is awake and moments when he is conscious.”
She continued: “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 added that Schumacher’s family isn’t pleased by some of the media’s coverage of his accident and coma, namely statements made by doctors not involved in his case.
“What upsets the family most is media quoting doctors who are not treating Michael and untruths are constructed from these,” she added. “It has been a problem when outsiders comment and it means we have to set the record straight, even when we don’t want to.”