It’s been over two months since Michael Schumacher’s horrible skiing accident that left him fighting for his life in a French hospital, but recent reports by Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport indicates that Schumacher is now breathing on his own.
That’s a significant development for the seven-time Formula One world champion who is, according to his manager Sabine Kehm, still in the "wake up phase." Doctors at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble where Schumi has been since the accident tried unsuccessfully to take him out of the medically-induced coma last month, so this report that he’s off of a respirator and breathing on his own is one of the first and most important developments in his recovery.
Kehm did issue last week a statement last week, calling for people to take with a grain of salt any unofficial information about her client’s condition, but at this point in his road to recovery, any bit of good news from Schumacher is a breath of fresh air for a lot of his fans.
The same Gazzetta article also indicated that two of Schumacher’s best buds in Formula One — Jean Todt and Ross Brawn — have made frequent visits to the hospital to be by Schumacher’s side. It’s also been reported that when Todt and Brawn visit Schumi, recordings of pit radio conversations and F1 engine sounds are played in an attempt to stimulate his memories.
We’re still holding out for better and more definitive news of his condition, but this latest development is definitely a welcome one for all of us who continue to root for Michael in his toughest race ever.
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