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Tuesday , February 25 , 2014
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Schumacher is facing fresh complications

- Reports claim doctors have abandoned waking-up process
Michael Schumacher

Calcutta: In what can be considered as the most devastating piece of news about Michael Schumacher’s condition, German magazine Focus reported that doctors have abandoned the slow waking-up process of the seven-times world champion.

According to reports in the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, the attempts to bring the F1 legend out of his artificial coma was abandoned following setbacks. Both dailies quoted Focus.

The German magazine is supposed to be close to Schumacher’s inner circle.

Schumacher has been in a medically-induced coma since his accident, at the University Hospital of Grenoble in France. Doctors had announced three weeks ago they were reducing the anaesthetic to slowly bring him around.

The latest feared setback came only days after former teammate Felippe Massa revealed that he had visited Schumacher in hospital. Massa had said: “He was sleeping, and I was very positive because he was normal. He also gave some reactions with the mouth and everything.

“It looked very positive. We need to believe. He’s a very strong man, a great man and I really hope he can wake up and enjoy life again.”

But now according to Focus, the attempt at recovery has been halted because of “complications” but the details have not been revealed.

Official news about Schumacher’s condition has been scant with the family preferring only to issue the briefest of bulletins every few weeks. The latest claim by the magazine will only add to the concerns of fans world wide. The severity of his injury has caused experts a lot of concern.

Focus said the recovery phase is back on ice and Schumacher is once again medicated to keep him under.

Schumacher, 45, was put kept in induced coma because his brain injury was so severe doctors needed to suppress its normal functions to allow it to operate at low-speed and, hopefully, recover more quickly.

Doctors may have decided to break off his awakening for a variety of reasons, including reduced blood flow, a new infection or signals that the drugs lying in the fatty tissue of his body were not shifting as fast as they would have hoped, Daily Mail added.

Just a fortnight ago he had contracted, and fought off, a bout of mild pneumonia contracted through the breathing tubes keeping him alive.

His wife Corinna, 44, and teenage children Gina-Marie, 16, and 14-year-old Mick are constantly at his bedside, talking to him throughout the day when he is massaged, turned and cleaned while hooked up to a bank of machines keeping him alive. They are said to be deeply troubled at the latest turn of events.

However, later, responding to the report in Focus, Schumacher’s manager said that despite the process taking a long time, it was “unchanged”.

Sabine Kehm said: “This phase can take a long time, which, much to our regret, can lead to many misinterpretations.”