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By Ioannis-Alexandros Ioannidis
Schumacher's doctors start 'wake up' process

<p>Doctors treating seven-times Formula One world champion <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/30/michael-schumacher-living-in-the-fast-lane/">Michael Schumacher</a> will begin lowering his sedation level in order to start the ‘waking-up’ process, his agent Sabine Kehm, said on Thursday.</p> <p>“Michael’s sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking-up process, which may take a long time” Kehm stated.</p> <p>Schumacher suffered a severe head injury while skiing in the French Alps on December 29. According to investigators he was <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/08/schumacher-not-skiing-excessively-fast-investigators-say/">not skiing excessively fast</a> prior to the accident, but he has been in a medically induced coma ever since.</p> <p>The former Ferrari driver struck a rock while skiing <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/08/schumacher-was-off-piste/">off-piste</a> in the resort of <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/30/schumacher-accident-shocks-skiers-in-french-resort-of-meribel/">Meribel</a>. Immediately after the accident Schumacher was transferred to Grenoble where he underwent brain surgery. Last week he remained in a critical but stable condition, according to his spokesperson.</p> <p>Doctors have already carried out <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/31/michael-schumachers-condition-improves-after-second-operation-but-hours-to-come/">two separate operations</a> to remove blood clots from around Schumacher’s brain. He has been kept in an artificial coma to reduce swelling caused by the surgeries.</p> <p>Although the doctors treating Schumacher have said they are not in a position to give out a prognosis for his condition, it is considered medically possible for a person to spend several weeks or even months in an induced coma and still make a full recovery.</p> <p>On January 2, the German driver’s family members publicly thanked his followers for all the <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/02/michael-schumachers-family-thank-fans-for-messages-of-support/">messages of support</a>. One day later, fans and supporters held a vigil to mark <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/03/ferrari-fans-hold-vigil-on-schumacher-s-birthday/">Schumacher’s birthday</a>. </p> <p>The racing world has also offered several messages of support for Schumacher and his family. On January 28, during the first day of pre-season tests in Jerez, world champion Sebastian Vettel said he is “praying for a miracle”.</p> <p>“He’s still in a coma and we don’t know in what shape he will be in when he wakes up. I’m still as shocked as everybody else. I pray and hope the miracle will happen, he will come back and be the person he was before” Schumacher’s compatriot was quoted as saying.</p> <p>The Mercedes team car, driven by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, also carried a message of encouragement, writing “KeepFightingMichael”.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>We have a very special message on our car this week in Jerez. Join the support <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23KeepFightingMichael&src=hash">#KeepFightingMichael</a> <a href="http://t.co/hepCGmJUqH">pic.twitter.com/hepCGmJUqH</a></p>— <span class="caps">MERCEDES</span> <span class="caps">AMG</span> F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) <a href="https://twitter.com/MercedesAMGF1/statuses/427766445720608769">January 27, 2014</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Schumacher, considered by many to be <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/30/schumacher-the-most-successful-f1-driver-of-all-time/">the most successful F1 driver of all times</a>, made 72 out of his total 91 wins with Ferrari.</p>