Testing in Jerez, took a back seat on Thursday to the news that Michael Schumacher was currently ‘in the process’ of coming out of his medically-induced coma.
The seven-time Formula One World Champion has been in a coma since he suffered a severe head injury skiing on Sunday 29th December 2013.
Over the past month, Schumacher has undergone two operations on his brain and missed his 45th birthday.
The former Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes driver has remained at the French hospital in Grenoble throughout his treatment.
There has not been an update from the doctors at Grenoble since early January when they confirmed the news of his two operations, the first was to ease the pressure on his brain, with the second procedure removing a large hematoma from the left-hand side of Schumacher’s brain.
Ten days ago Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm confirmed his condition had remained unchanged in a short statement, after media speculation regarding his health.
On Thursday 30th January 2014, Kehm released a new statement on behalf of Schumacher’s family, this confirmed that waking up process had begun.
‘Michael’s sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take a long time.
She continued: ‘For the protection of the family, it was originally agreed by the interested parties to communicate this information only once this process was consolidated.’
According to Sky News, although not officially confirmed, Schumacher is said to be ‘responding to simple instructions’.
The thoughts of VitalF1 remain with Schumacher and his family and friends at this key moment in time.
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