Michael Schumacher Breathing On His Own 'Unassisted', Still Unable to Walk or Talk

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By Rachelle Corpuz | June 18, 2014 11:05 AM EST

More details on the current health condition of Michael have been revealed following the recent statement made by his family's spokesperson and manager Sabine Kehm affirming that the seven-time world champion is no longer in a 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.

After spending 169 days in the University Hospital of Grenoble in France, Schumacher is now in Lausanne, Switzerland. Schumacher is currently in Center Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV). It is a medical facility where patients are treated with utmost confidentiality. The said medical facility is about 20 miles away from Schumacher's home in Lake Geneva.

A hospital spokesperson, Darcy Christen, told German news outlet Bild that a "special VIP procedure" is being implemented for clinical cases such as Schumacher's. For the 45-year-old retired racer, a special area was built exclusively watched over by a number of security guards. Other famous personalities who were treated in CHUV include Roger Moore and Zaire dictator Mobutu Sese. Hollywood actor Keannu Reeves reportedly went to CHUV several times to visit her sister who was battling leukemia.

Bild also reported that Schumacher has moments when he is breathing on his own "unassisted." As with any other person who begins to come out of a coma, Schumacher reportedly begins to react to voices around him, especially his wife Corinna's.

"The voice of Corinna has a much stronger effect on him than the voices of other people," Bild wrote.

Bild also reported that Schumacher's physiotherapists are constantly giving him exercises and movement activities to ensure that his muscles continue to work and do not remain stagnant.

However, it is still a long road up to recovery for Schumacher. The Telegraph reported that the German ace is still unable to walk and talk, which is common for patients who have been in a coma. Experts once said that Schumacher will have to learn everything from scratch.

"It is not as if someone will switch on the light and the patient is all there," Cambridge University professor Peter Hutchinson told The Mirror. "He will probably come back to a world he doesn't know."

"He must find his way to cope with new conditions, new needs to learn basic skills, talk, eat, walk, perhaps nothing is as easy as it once was."

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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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