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EST January 30, 2014 Formula 1 great Michael Schumacher suffered a serious head injury in a skiing accident Dec. 29, 2013. (Photo: Stuart Franklin, Bongarts/Getty Images) Story Highlights Schumacher has been in a coma for a month after a skiing accident Manager says Schumacher’s sedation is being reduced Prognosis could take months and lasting brain damage is a possibility SHARE 513 CONNECT 94 TWEET 5 COMMENTEMAILMORE FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Michael Schumacher’s doctors have started trying to wake up the former Formula One Champion from the medically induced coma he’s been in since a skiing accident last month, his manager said Thursday. The 45-year-old Schumacher suffered serious head injuries when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock in the French resort of Meribel on Dec. 29. The seven-time F1 champion has been in an induced coma in Grenoble University Hospital since then, although his condition stabilized following surgery after initially being described as critical. “Michael’s sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take a long time,” Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement. Schumacher was being kept artificially sedated and his body temperature was lowered to between 34 and 35 degrees Celsius (93.2 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit), to reduce swelling in the brain, reduce its energy consumption and allow it to rest. Kehm said she was only providing an update now on Schumacher’s condition to clarify media leaks, and that no further details would be provided. French newspaper l’Equipe first reported on Wednesday that doctors had started trying to wake up Schumacher. INITIAL STORY: Schumacher suffers serious head injury Experts said it was a good sign that Schumacher’s doctors were trying to bring him out of the coma and that the first 24 hours would be critical. “It means they have probably seen the pressure in his skull reduced,” said Dr. Clemens Pahl, a brain trauma expert at King’s College Hospital in London. MORE: Formula One drivers support Schumacher at test Pahl warned that if Schumacher hasn’t recovered enough to wake up on his own, doctors might need to put him back in the coma. “It could be that swelling in his brain hasn’t come to an end yet so they might need to increase the medications again,” he said.
Chris followed a super-low-fat plan, while Xand cut out carbs, and their journey was documented for BBCs Horizon program. RELATED: 15 SNEAKY SOURCES OF SUGAR The 35-year-old identical twins were the perfect guinea pigs, Xand said. They had the same genes, lived similar lifestyles and had comparable exercise habits, so any changes would be the result of their new diets. They were allowed to eat whatever they wanted, both brothers said cutting out such a big food group was no picnic. RELATED: MEDITERRANEAN DIET STAVES OFF DIABETES EVEN WITHOUT WEIGHT LOSS: STUDY I thought I’d got the better deal: I could eat meat, fish, eggs and cheese, Xand wrote in an article for the Daily Mail . But take away carbohydrates and the joy goes out of meals. And remove all fruit and veg they all have carbs and you get constipated.” Xand said the diet filled him up, but he felt slow both mentally and physically. Chris, who was always snacking because he was never full, blew past his brother in an uphill bicycle race. BBC/BBC/Joanna Barwick Chris Van Tulleken, left, nutritionist Amanda Ursell and Xand Van Tulleken stand by a table showing which foods they can and cannot eat on their diets. He just keeps getting further away and I cannot make my legs go any faster, Xand told the camera during the race. Its like Im stuck in one gear. Chris also crushed him in a fake stock trading competition. RELATED: JANUARY’S BIGGEST DIET CRAZE: INTERMITTENT FASTING “I just couldn’t remember anything,” Xand said in an interview with the Daily News.