Sabine Kehm, Michael Schumacher's manager, has issued a statement today announcing that steps towards the waking of the seven times World Champion from his coma have begun, but that the progress could be very long. Schumacher has been at a specialist clinic in Grenoble since hitting his head in a skiing accident at the Meribel resort in the French Alps more than a month ago.
The statement read: "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."
"The family of Michael Schumacher is again requesting to respect its privacy and the medical secrets, 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."