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Schumi 'blinking and responding'

2014-01-31 07:18

GRENOBLE, France - Michael Schumacher has "blinked" and is "responding to simple instructions" as doctors attempt to bring him out of his induced coma.

Those are the latest unofficial developments to emerge from the Grenoble hospital since the F1 legend's manager confirmed reports that doctors are attempting to ease Schumacher out of his month-long deep sleep.

France's L'Equipe, having broken the news about the awakening process, later reported that the German "blinked" his eyes as a doctor, Emmanuel Gay, went through neurological reflex tests.

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And Britain's Sky News quoted unnamed sources as saying the former Mercedes and Ferrari driver was now "responding to simple instructions".

Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm, however, told German news agency DPA "I will not give information about intermediate steps", having confirmed officially that doctors were trying to wake the 45-year-old.

Grenoble neurosurgeon Stephan Chabardes, who on Wednesday confirmed the awakening reports before they were officially confirmed, also was not commenting on these latest developments.

He was quoted by German news magazine Focus as saying: "Please note that I will not comment for reasons of medical confidentiality."

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GMM

Comments
  • Kwashirai Chigodora - 2014-01-31 10:04

    Great news!

  • Darren Peach - 2014-01-31 11:59

    Happiness. I am super stoked to hear this news.

  • Warren Holman - 2014-01-31 14:46

    Awesome news! may you make a full recover!! and stay of those damn skis!

  • Kaneti Di Pusini - 2014-01-31 17:07

    Doctor : "How may fingers?" Michael : "Five" Doctor : "Where are you?" Michael : "In a hospital" Doctor : "What's the last thing you remember?" Michael : "Skiing down a slope and hitting a rock" Doctor : "What am I?" Michael : "A doctor" Doctor : "Who are you?" Michael (very serious) : "I am Batman"

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-02-01 08:53

      Stupid puzz

  • Chrisna du Toit - 2014-01-31 21:15

    Michael my eyes and ears on the news since yesterday, this is great news.... although early I feel very positive your health and fitness is going to pull you out of this fire. God Bless

  • Albertus Lombaard - 2014-02-01 08:54

    Great news! But I think he should sit back now and enjoy his retirements with billions in the bank.....

      Fred Smith - 2014-02-02 11:02

      When you're an adrenaline junkie, sitting back is not an option, billions or no billions!

  • Michael Clifford Georgopoulos - 2014-02-02 23:54

    SIT FOOT IN THE "HOEK" MICHAEL.....IT'S ONLY THE PARRABOLICA TO GO THEN THE FINISHING LINE........PUSH SHCUMI.......PUSH!!!!WE ALL WAITING AT THE CHEQUERED FLAG!!!

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