Michael Schumacher Condition Update; F1 Legend’s Manager Denies Doctors Stopped Trying To Wake Up The Comatose Racer, The 2nd Accusation In One Month
By Staff Writer | February 26, 2014 04:41 AM EST
After almost two months, Formula One legend Michael Schumacher remains unconscious in a Grenoble Hospital in France following a skiing accident. Support and prayers poured for the 45-year old racing icon. However, claims that he's already dead and doctors are just covering everything up are also abundant. Earlier this month, doctors overseeing Schumacher's condition were forced to reply to rumors that the seven-time world champion is already dead.
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"The hospital denies that Michael Schumacher has died,' the statement made by the doctors from the hospital reads.
More than two weeks after, similar claims resurfaced but this time, it was the racer's manager who stepped up.
On Tuesday, Sabine Kehm insisted that Schumacher's condition is 'unchanged.' This statement came after German publication Focus reported that "insiders" close to Schumacher had informed them that doctors had stopped attempts to awaken the 45-year-old "due to complications."
"This phase can take a long time which, much to our regret, can lead to many misinterpretations," said Kehm.
Michael's former Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa also testified on Kehm's condition. The Brazilian racer visited his friend this month and the comatose racer 'responded.'
"He was sleeping, and I was very positive because he was normal. He also gave some reactions with the mouth and everything," he told reporters.
"It looked 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."
Former F1 racer Jacques Villeneuve also paid tribute to his colleague by paying him a visit. He described Schumacher's accident as 'bad luck' and 'freakish.'
"He has spent his life living on the edge without getting hurt apart from Silverstone when he broke his leg," Villeneuve said.
"He took huge risks in motorbikes and actually broke his neck on one. That's just the way he was living.
"When it happens in racing it's somehow acceptable but when it happens outside racing, suddenly it's terrible. But really it's terrible anywhere.
"It's freakish because he wasn't even going at speed. He was going slow. It was just bad luck."
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