Breaking News: Doctors start Schumacher 'waking up process'
He has been in a medically induced coma for over a month, but former Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher's sedation is being reduced to start up the "waking up process," his agent said Thursday.
Schumacher suffered severe head trauma in a skiing accident at the French Alps resort of Meribel on December 29.
"Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take long time," said Schumacher's agent Sabine Kehm in a statement.
"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."
Kehm went on to repeat previous requests for the media to respect the privacy of Schumacher's family.
"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 worldwide sympathy."