F1's Michael Schumacher begins 'waking-up process' from coma

By Mike Singer | CBSSports.com

Michael Schumacher suffered the fall exactly one month ago. (USATSI)

Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher is being slowly woken up from a medically induced coma after suffering a near-fatal crash while skiing in the French Alps last month, his manager confirmed.

“Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking-up process, which may take a long time,” a statement from his team read.

“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.”

On Wednesday, there was a report that Schumacher would be gradually brought out of his artificially induced coma but that wasn't confirmed until the team's statement, released today.

Exactly one month ago, Schumacher fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing in the French resort town of Meribel. He was immediately airlifted to a local hospital and underwent two separate brain surgeries to remove clotting.

Although there's no timeframe for a recovery for the seven-time world champion racer, citing doctors, The Telegraph reports that it is medically possible to have a full recovery despite the duration of his coma.

Schumacher has been kept at the University of Grenoble hospital for the past month, and his manager reiterated that his family is “happy and confident with the work of the team of doctors treating Michael.”

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