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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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Helmet may have minimised severity of F1 driver's injury

Wearing a helmet may have "minimised the severity" of injury suffered by Formula One legend Michael Schumacher following his skiing accident, according to a leading neurosurgeon.

Chris Chandler, consultant neurosurgeon at King's College Hospital in London, told Sky News: "Certainly after blunt trauma, which is what you would term his injury, the brain does swell and that swelling contained within the rigid box of the skull can cause dangerous pressure.

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is in a 'critical' condition in hospital following a skiing accident. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"That brain swelling needs to be controlled.

"The fact that he was wearing a helmet simply means that it has minimised the severity of the injury but still it is possible to sustain a serious injury even with the helmet."

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