Michael Schumacher being brought out of coma

Michael Schumacher's family has confirmed that sedation of the former Formula One champion has been reduced to allow the 'start of the waking up process'. Schumacher suffered a serious head injury following a skiing accident in December.

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Michael Schumacher begins 'waking up process'

Michael Schumacher's family has confirmed that the former Formula One champion has started the waking up process from his coma after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident.

Michael Schumacher is a seven-time Formula One world champion. Credit: PA

Speaking on behalf of the family, his agent said: "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 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. Please note that no further updates will be given."

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Schumacher's helmet camera reveals details of accident

Footage from Michael Schumacher's helmet camera shed light on what caused the accident that left the Formula One champion fighting for his life, French prosecutors said.

Detailed video shows Mr Schumacher was eight meters off-piste when one of his skis hit a rock.

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#Schumacher - investigators won't say if he made a mistake by going off piste where he did.

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#Schumacher investigators: experts will study the helmet cam footage. Speed not v important in this enquiry or its outcome.

The investigators examined footage after the racer's family handed it over. They said he was travelling at the speed of a "very good skier on fairly hard terrain."

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Schumacher's skis 'in perfect condition' when he set out

Michael Schumacher did not reduce his speed significantly after going off-piste prior to his accident, French prosecutors said.

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#Schumacher skis were perfect and nearly new when he set out. Unlikely to be contributing factor of accident.

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#Schumacher still difficult to know what speed he was going. He was trying to reduce speed to go down the off piste slope he was on.

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#Schumacher investigators looking at what happened from a factual and legal basis. The helmet camera evidence will be crucial.

Schumacher 'did not slow down after going off-piste'

Michael Schumacher did not reduce his speed significantly after going off-piste prior to his accident, French prosecutors said.

The investigators said the Formula One champion tried to reduce his speed, before one of his skis hit a rock, causing Mr Schumacher to fall.

The investigator added that Mr Schumacher was following the rules imposed in the French resort.

The racing driver, who suffered a severe head injury while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel in France last Sunday, remains in an artificially induced coma.

Schumacher's ski 'hit a rock and caused the fall'

French prosecutors investigating Michael Schumacher's skiing accident revealed one of Mr Schumacher's skis hit a rock, which caused the German to fall.

The accident in French resort Meribel has left the Formula One champion fighting for his life.

Michael Schumacher had a small camera on his helmet before his accident. Credit: David Davies/PA

The investigators examined footage from a small camera which was attached to Michael Schumacher's helmet, after his family handed the camera over.

The seven-times Formula One champion suffered brain injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel 10 days ago.

His condition remained critical but stable, Grenoble Hospital has said in a statement on Monday.

Read: Michael Schumacher's wife appeals for privacy

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Corinna Schumacher 'asks media to leave hospital'

Michael Schumacher's wife has asked the media for privacy while doctors treat the seven-time Formula One world champion, according to reports.

Corinna Schumacher has been at her husband's bedside since his skiing accident. Credit: REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

Corinna Schumacher reportedly released a statement to media saying that no more press conferences would be held about her husband's condition in the near future, and asking for doctors at the hospital in Grenoble, France to be left to "work in peace".

"Please leave our family alone," the statement reportedly concluded.

Schumacher 'not out of danger', says manager

Michael Schumacher's manager has dismissed reports that his life is out of danger, reiterating that he is still stable but critical, as doctors treating the former Formula One driver said earlier today:

I can confirm Michael’s condition can be considered as stable, as written in the official statement of today.

I cannot confirm to have stated that his life is out of danger.

I refer to the statement given today by the team of doctors treating Michael.

– Michael Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm

Michael Schumacher's condition still stable but critical

Michael Schumacher condition remains stable but critical, Grenoble Hospital has said in a statement.

"The clinical state of Michael Schumacher is considered as stable and is constantly monitored by the medical treatments that are administered to him," it said.

"However, the medical team responsible underlines that they [still] consider Michael¹s condition as critical.

Schumacher remains stable but critical. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The statement added: "The privacy of the patient 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."

The hospital asked journalists "to stick to the information given by the medical team in charge of the patient or his management" as the "only valid information".

Read: Michael Schumacher's agent criticises 'invalid speculation'

Schumacher's agent criticises 'invalid speculation'

Michael Schumacher's condition remained critical but stable last night, the German's agent said nearly a week after the seven-times Formula One champion suffered brain injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel.

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.

– Michael Schumacher's agent, Sabine Kehm
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