Schumacher shows 'small, encouraging signs'

Schumacher shows 'small, encouraging signs'

12 March 2014 – Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher is showing 'small, encouraging signs' as he continues his recovery following his skiing accident at the end of last year, it has been confirmed.

"We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up. There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient," read the latest statement issued on Wednesday by his manager, Sabine Kehm.

Schumacher has been in a medically-induced coma at Grenoble Hospital since suffering severe head injuries in the French Alps on December 29. Doctors began the waking up process in late January and while this is the first bit of good news for some time, the statement underlined the fact any recovery is likely to be long.

"Michael has suffered severe injuries. It is very hard to comprehend for all of us that Michael, who overcame a lot of precarious situations in the past, has been hurt so terribly in such a banal situation. It was clear from the start that this will be a long and hard fight for Michael. We are taking this fight on together with the team of doctors, whom we fully trust. The length of the process is not the important part for us."

"It is very heart-warming to see how much sympathy his family is shown and I can say that the family is extremely grateful for it," the statement continued. "However, it should not be forgotten that Michael's family is dealing with an extremely intimate and fragile situation. And I would like to remind all of us that Michael has always actively kept his family out of the public eye and consequently protected their private lives. We try to channel all the energies we have toward Michael and we firmly believe that this will help him. And we believe he will also win this fight."

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