(FINNBAY-ANSA) – Berlin, 18 June 2014. Michael Schumacher has lost 20 kilograms since his ski accident in late December, the German daily Bild’s website said Tuesday after reports a day earlier that the Formula One great had emerged from his drug-induced coma.
The former Ferrari driver and seven-time champion, who even at his leanest peak weighed in at a very healthy 75-77 kilos, is responsive, especially to the voice of his wife Corinna, and able to communicate with his eyes, reports Bild.
On Monday he was moved to a rehab clinic in Lausanne from a hospital in Grenoble where he’d been since suffering serious brain injuries after hitting his head on a rock when skiing off-piste in the exclusive French resort of Meribel on December 29. Schumacher, 45, who won five straight titles for Ferrari from 2000 to 2004 after triumphing with Benetton in 1994 and 1995, had been in a medically induced coma since.
In April, his spokesperson said he was showing moments of “consciousness and waking”, but since then there has been no further optimistic suggestions. An Italian expert on comas has said Schumacher’s recovery of consciousness shows that he was not in an irreversible coma but it is too early to predict his future state of health.
It is of “fundamental importance that he has started to show signs of recovering consciousness,” said Dr. Giulio Maira, director of the brain surgeon unit of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome.
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“This is the beginning of a re-awakening and we hope that we will get to complete re-awakening and recovery, but one will only know that with time”. “The first important, basic sign for every successive improvement is, however, the recovery of consciousness, which in the case of Schumacher really nourishes hope”. “Schumacher’s brain is ‘refuelling,’ it is doing so, let us hope that it goes all the way,” Maira added.