Michael Schumacher remains in 'wake up phase' in French hospital
Grenoble hospital continues attempts to bring German out of induced coma; Management again stress that only official updates are valid
By Sky Sports Online
Last Updated: 12/03/14 8:37am
The 45-year-old seven-times World Champion has been in an artificial coma at Grenoble Hospital for over two months since suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps on December 29.
Schumacher's management confirmed on January 30 that doctors had begun the process of gradually lowering his sedation level in order to start the 'waking up' process, although stressed that they were aware the procedure could take "a long time".
Following speculation in the German media that the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver had subsequently contracted pneumonia, the family issued a statement on February 13 assuring that Schumacher's condition remained unchanged and that "the family continues to strongly believe in Michael's recovery".
The subsequent lack of an official update over the last three weeks was punctured by further speculation over Schumacher's condition, including reports that the hospital had suspended the waking up process.
However, on Friday Schumacher's management stressed that nothing had changed since their previous update.
"Michael is still in the wake up phase," Schumacher's management said.
"The situation has not changed. Any medical information published which is not confirmed by the team of doctors treating Michael or his management has to be considered as not valid."
The official updates on Michael Schumacher's condition
'Michael is still in the wake up phase. The situation has not changed. Any medical information published which is not confirmed by the team of doctors treating Michael or his management has to be considered as not valid.'
'Michael's family would like to again express their sincere thanks for the continuous sympathy coming from all over the world. The good wishes they receive help the family and, we are convinced they also help Michael, who still is in a waking up process.
'As often in such situation, no day is like the next. The family is thankful for one's understanding that they would not wish to disclose medical details in order to protect Michael's privacy. As assured from the beginning we will continue to communicate any decisive new information on Michael's health state. We are aware that the wake up phase can take a long time.
'The family continues to strongly believe in Michael's recovery and place all their trust in the doctors, nurses and nursing auxiliaries team. The important thing is not the speed of the recovery but that Michael's healing process progresses in a continuous and controlled way.'
'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. At the same time, the family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the world wide sympathy.
'Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take a long time. For the protection of the family, it was originally agreed by the interested parties to communicate this information only once this process was consolidated.'
'Unfortunately I have to repeat that any information regarding Michael's health not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as pure speculation. I also repeat that Michael's family is very happy and confident with the work of the team of doctors treating Michael, and they trust them completely. Michael's condition is still considered as stable.'
'The clinical condition of Michael Schumacher is considered as stable and is constantly monitored by medical treatments that are administered to him. However, the medical team in charge emphasises it continues to consider Michael's condition as critical.
'The privacy of the statement demands that we are not going into details of his treatment, and this is why we do not plan any press conferences, nor give out written press releases, anymore for the time being. We insist again that you respect medical confidentiality and you adhere to the information provided by the medical team in charge, or his management, as this is the only valid information.'
'Michael's condition remains critical but stable. We would like to clearly stress that any information regarding Michael's health not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as invalid and pure speculation. The family cares only for Michael's health.
'Michael's helmet camera was voluntarily given to the investigating authorities by the family.That this should have been done against the wishes of the family is untrue. We ask you to respect the continued privacy of the family.'
'Mr Schumacher was admitted to the University Hospital of Grenoble at 12:40pm, following a skiing accident which occurred in Meribel in the late morning. He suffered a severe head injury with coma on arrival, which required immediate neurosurgical intervention. He remains in a critical situation.'