Former F1 Doctor Decries ‘Out of Coma’ Report on Michael Schumacher, Says It’s Not a New Development

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By Rachelle Corpuz | June 17, 2014 10:02 AM EST

Former Formula One (F1) doctor Gary Hartstein previously wrote in his blog that he would no longer write about the current health condition of Michael Schumacher, but he found himself writing another commentary about the recent news report alleging that the seven-time world champion is no longer in coma.

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Ferrari Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany celebrates after taking the pole position at the end of the qualifying session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Sakhir racetrack in Manama in this March 11, 2006 file picture.

According to Dr. Hartstein, the news stating that Schumacher is no longer in a coma is not really a new development and it doesn't mean that the German ace is on his way to a significant recovery. He said that people already knew that Schumacher is out of coma when Sabine Kehm publicized that the 45-year-old retired racer was showing signs of consciousness and awakening.

"By saying this, she told us in almost cynically perfect language that Michael was no longer in a coma," wrote Dr. Hartstein. "She used two terms that only specialists actually distinguish; for laymen being awake and being conscious are the same thing," he added.

Dr. Hartstein was hoping that Schumacher's family would be blunt and frank all the fans who have been religiously following the racer's life battle. "I cannot but think that if Michael had emerged AT ALL from the minimally conscious state that Sabine so accurately described in April, we'd be told that Michael is leaving for rehab, that he is having problems expressing himself and will work hard to get better."

"Or that he's having to learn to walk, read, write, etc all over again."

"But no, we're told what we already know, and pretty much told to not ever expect further updates."

Dr. Hartstein thinks that the recent statement is a "cynical" way to describe Schumacher's state of being and that the fans do not deserve to be misinformed in such manner, even if the family wants to preserve privacy.

Schumacher reportedly is transferred to a hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland to receive rehab treatment, which is situated about 30 kilometres away from their home, Bild.de reported. However, the future for the racing legend who have avoided death in a myriad of times on the sprinting roads still remains vague.

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Ferrari Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany celebrates after taking the pole position at the end of the qualifying session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Sakhir racetrack in Manama in this March 11, 2006 file picture.
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