Michael Schumacher’s fans finally got highly expected good news. According to British newspaper The Telegraph, the legend was “responding to instructions” as medics gradually tried to pull him out of his coma.
Citing “very reliable sources”, French newspaper L’Equipe also shared that the racer had undergone a series of neurological tests since Monday and he has responded “positively”.
The newspaper’s deputy editor Jérémie Arbona confirmed that the publication was “100 per cent sure” that its story was correct.
The paper wrote: “After gradually reducing the sedation of the patient, the team of Professor Emmanuel Gay [the medic overseeing Schumacher’s treatment] has been doing neurological tests since Monday. During this first stage, the patient blinked.”
Other publication also claimed that Schumacher was “responding to instructions”.
However, Professor Jean-Luc Truelle, the former head of the neurology department of the Foch hospital in Suresnes, revealed to reporters that when the star opens their eyes there would be a “re-establishment of some kind of communication, which we verify through simple commands,” such as “open your eyes, shut your eyes, squeeze your hand”.
Prof Truelle went on, addint that the two months following this phase can appear to be a period of confusion in which the patient is in a state of “lethargy” and that recovery stage can take “several years in the case of serious head injuries”.
There’s a possibility that someone who spent several weeks in an induced coma would make a full recovery. But Professor Gary Hartstein, Formula One’s chief medic between 2005 and 2012, said: “It is extremely unlikely, and I’d honestly say virtually impossible, that the Michael we knew prior to this fall will ever be back.”
“Schumacher appears to show this type of reawakening,” wrote L’Equipe, adding that it was “undoubtedly the best news” since the terrible near-fatal ski accident.
The news has been recently confirmed by Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm: “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. Please note that no further updates will be given,” she added in a statement.
Current world champion Sebastian Vettel, who has previously confessed that he idolised Schumacher in his youth, since becoming friends, said he was praying for a “miracle” for his compatriot.
“He’s still in a coma and we still don’t know what shape he will be in when he wakes up, which is horrible, especially for his family and close friends, not knowing what is going to happen”, Vettel said.
“I’m still as shocked as everybody else, and I pray and hope the miracle will happen, he will come back and be the person he was before,” he added.